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Rethinking Authority in the Carolingian Empire

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ISBN: 9789048532681 Year: Pages: 279 Seiten Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press Grant: Austrian Science Fund - F 4202
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By the early ninth century, taking responsibility for aseriesof social, religious and political transformations had becomean integral part of running the Carolingian empire. This booktakes a fresh look at these transformations during theoptimistic first decades of the ninth century. Extrapolatingfrom a series of detailed case studies rather than presentinga new grand narrative, it offers new interpretations ofcontemporary theories of personal improvement andinstitutional reforms, and shows the self-awareness of its main instigators as they pondered what it meant to be agood Christian in a good Christian empire.

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