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Charlemagne's Practice of Empire

Jennifer R. Davis (Catholic University of America)
Format
EBook; Book; Online
Published
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Language
English
ISBN
9781107076990, 1107076994, 9781107434134, 1107434130, 9781316371596, 9781316375594
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Summary
"Revisiting one of the great puzzles of European political history, Jennifer Davis examines how the Frankish king Charlemagne and his men held together the vast new empire he created during the first decades of his reign. Davis explores how Charlemagne overcame the two main problems of ruling an empire, namely how to delegate authority and how to manage diversity. Through a meticulous reconstruction based on primary sources, she demonstrates that rather than imposing a pre-existing model of empire onto conquered regions, Charlemagne and his men learned from them, developing a practice of empire that allowed the emperor to rule on a European scale. As a result, Charlemagne's realm was more flexible and diverse than has long been believed. Telling the story of Charlemagne's rule using sources produced during the reign itself, Davis offers a new interpretation of Charlemagne's political practice, free from the distortions of later legend"--
Contents
  • Introduction; Part I. Strategic Rulership
  • Part I introduction: Tools of control and coercion
  • Managing royal agents
  • Disciplining royal agents
  • Fractured control : Charlemagne's response to dissent
  • Part I conclusion: Control and its limits
  • Part II. Center and Region in Charlemagne's Empire
  • Part II introduction: Unity and diversity in Charlemagne's empire
  • An empire of regions?
  • The conquered regions as arenas for experimentation
  • The nature of the empire : centralization and communication
  • Part II conclusion: The imperial character of Charlemagne's realm
  • Part III. An Empire of Practice
  • Part III introduction: Continuity, change, and the building of an empire
  • The chronology of the reign
  • Recta via : the dynamics of political change
  • Part III conclusion: An empire of practice
  • Conclusion: Charlemagne's invention of medieval rulership.
Description
xix, 531 pages : illustrations : map ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 437-521) and index.
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