Kingship and Politics in the Late Ninth Century: Charles the Fat and the End of the Carolingian Empire

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Cambridge University Press, 25 сент. 2003 г.
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This is a major study of the collapse of the pan-European Carolingian empire and the reign of its last ruler, Charles III 'the Fat' (876–888). The later decades of the empire are conventionally seen as a dismal period of decline and fall, scarred by internal feuding, unfettered aristocratic ambition and Viking onslaught. This book offers an alternative interpretation, arguing that previous generations of historians misunderstood the nature and causes of the end of the empire, and neglected many of the relatively numerous sources for this period. Topics covered include the significance of aristocratic power; political structures; the possibilities and limits of kingship; developments in royal ideology; the struggle with the Vikings and the nature of regional political identities. In proposing these explanations for the empire's disintegration, the book has broader implications for our understanding of this formative period of European history more generally.
 

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Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION
1
CHARLES THE FAT IN THE EYES OF CONTEMPORARY ANNALISTS
23
THE SUPERMAGNATES AND THE RISE OF THE ARISTOCRACY
48
Chapter 4 ROYAL POLITICS AND REGIONAL POWER IN THE LATE CAROLINGIAN EMPIRE
81
POLITICS AND IDEOLOGY AT THE EAST FRANKISH COURT
123
RESPONSE AND FAILURE
161
Chapter 7 HISTORY POLITICS AND THE END OF THE EMPIRE IN NOTKERS DEEDS OF CHARLEMAGNE
199
Chapter 8 CONCLUSION
230
BIBLIOGRAPHY
236
INDEX
258
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Simon MacLean is Lecturer in History at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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