Chris Wickham’s acclaimed history shows how this period, encompassing peoples such as Goths, Franks, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs. Review: The Inheritance of Rome: A History of Europe from to by Chris WickhamIan Mortimer finds a gallop from Rome to the. The Inheritance of Rome has ratings and reviews. Justin said: Just to be clear: Chris Wickham does not believe that he can explain anything. He.

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But if one is interested in how medieval Europe came to be, out of the mixture of Roman Empire and Germanic peoples, The Inheritance of Rome is an excellent read, elucidating the evidence from the period without grinding any one theoretical axe in the process. As author claims the most developed region to the end of early Medieval age was Inherifance, not Francia the kingdom of Francs, not contemporary Franceor England or even Byzantium.

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Set up a giveaway. Covering a whopping great years of history, it’s small wonder that this book took two months to read. There is one thing more I want to mention about this book tome how I would recommend it to anyone. Carolingian Francia, England and post-Carolingian Inheritwnce Christendom are very well explored in the period between the years and on both political, cultural, religious and socioeconomic histories, yet the chapters on “Outer Europe” should have been better explored.

On inheritancs of that, the field of history over the last 30 years has been incorporating evidence other than written histories registers, other written evidence, and most importantly archaeology. May 11, Lior Lichai rated it really liked it Shelves: They sought to create a universal Christian Empire and were, at least in theory, concerned with the souls of their subjects as much as their lives.


The Inheritance of Rome by Chris Wickham – review

I admit a single small chapter is already good for histories of this period, yet more is demanded of a brilliant work. Penguin History of Europe 8 books. There is no light and dark, no change of pace, no drama; and there are very few references to battles. A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill’s life.

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The breadth of reading is astounding, the knowledge displayed is awe-inspiring, and the attention quietly given to critical theory and the postmodern questioning of evidence is both careful and sincere. Overall, however, I think it’s an interesting, informative, and very readable history of Western Eurasia and North Africa’s transformation from the Classical period to the medieval period, and I highly recommend it.

The many details are not the intended “takeaway” of this book. To Hell and Back: Despite Roman labelling, Germania was not a land of a single people, the Germans, nor was it even a land of various peoples who held in common a Germanic language as a source of identity.

If you want a layman’s introduction to current thinking about the ‘Dark Ages’ of Europe AD this is it. In Wickham’s asides, he often hints at things he’d rather not get bogged down in matters of opinion or conjecture.


It’s true that written records are much smaller for these regions if existent at all often these records come from more sophisticated neighbours who wrote down biased accounts of themyet a different kind of history, an archaeological, social and, when possible, religious one, should be written and I didn’t see much effort at making it.

Liked the wockham of the Byzantium Empire and the Persians. What we do inhheritance to know are a handful of decontextualized names e. Groundbreaking and full of fascinating revelations, The Inheritance of Rome offers a fresh understanding of the crucible in which Europe would ultimately be created. Like Telegraph Books on Facebook.

Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. Make no mistakes — some audience would be delighted to know that, but others like myself romr feel deeply confused and occasionally outraged by some of the far-fetched conclusions reached in the book.

Wickham does have a theme and clear point to make, which is in the title: As Europe had no integrity at this period, Wickham has had to compare and contrast the political and social conditions of dozens of disparate kingdoms and states across years. Local experience is everything. The intention of the author is as huge as deserving any respect.

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