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Author Reimitz, Helmut.

Title History, Frankish identity and the framing of Western ethnicity, 550-850 / Helmut Reimitz (Princeton University)
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2015
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Series Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought. Fourth series ; book 101
Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought. Fourth series ; bk. 101
Contents Part I. Communities of the Middle Ground in Sixth-Century Gaul -- 1. Gregory of Tours and his genealogy of pastoral power in late antique Gaul -- 2. Virtutes sanctorum et strages gentium : "The deeds of the saints and the slaughters of the peoples" : the radicalisation of church history -- 3. The dangers of history -- 4. Continuities and discontinuities : Roman and Frankish alternatives to Gregory -- 5. The politics of identity in the Merovingian kingdoms of the sixth century -- Part II. Countermyths : The Search for Origins in the Merovingian Kingdoms -- 6. The persistence of Gregory's vision of community : the réécriture and reconfiguration of the Histories in the seventh century -- 7. Iocundus in fabolis et strenuus in consiliis : Roman trickery and Frankish mythmaking in the Chronicle of Fredegar -- 8." ... sicut ceterae gentes" : " ... like the other peoples" : the Liber historiae Francorum and the definition of the populus in the seventh and eighth century -- 9. Spielräume of Frankish identity in the long seventh century -- Part III. A Common Future : The Reforms of Frankish Identity under the Carolingians -- 10. Gens Francorum inclita : "the illustrious Frankish people" : the centralization of Frankishness under the early Carolingians -- 11. Correctio : the redefinition of central Frankishness -- 12. Before and after 800 : central and local Frankishness in the Carolingian world -- 13. Before and after 829 : the transformation of Frankish identity from the short to the long history of the Royal Frankish Annals -- Conclusion: Frankish identity, Western ethnicity
Summary "This pioneering study explores early medieval Frankish identity as a window into the formation of a distinct Western conception of ethnicity. Focusing on the turbulent and varied history of Frankish identity in Merovingian and Carolingian historiography, it offers a new basis for comparing the history of collective and ethnic identity in the Christian West with other contexts, especially the Islamic and Byzantine worlds. The tremendous political success of the Frankish kingdoms provided the medieval West with fundamental political, religious and social structures, including a change from the Roman perspective on ethnicity as the quality of the 'Other' to the Carolingian perception that a variety of Christian peoples were chosen by God to reign over the former Roman provinces. Interpreting identity as an open ended process, Helmut Reimitz explores the role of Frankish identity in the multiple efforts through which societies tried to find order in the rapidly changing post-Roman world"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Carolingians -- Historiography
Christianity -- Social aspects -- Europe -- History -- To 1500
Ethnicity -- Europe -- History -- To 1500
Franks -- Ethnic identity -- History
Franks -- Historiography
Group identity -- Europe -- History -- To 1500
Merovingians -- Historiography
Social change -- Europe -- History -- To 1500
Carolingians -- Historiography.
Christianity -- Social aspects.
Ethnic relations.
Group identity.
HISTORY -- Europe -- France.
Social change.
Social conditions.
Europe -- Ethnic relations -- History
Europe -- Social conditions -- To 1492.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1139505769