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At its height, the Carolingian empire spanned a million square kilometres of western Europe - from the English Channel to central Italy and northern Spain, and from the Atlantic to the fringes of modern Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. As the largest political unit for centuries, the empire dominated the region and left an enduring legacy for European culture. This comprehensive survey traces this great empire's history, from its origins around 700, with the rise to dominance of the Carolingian dynasty, through its expansion by ruthless military conquest and political manoeuvring in the eighth century, to the struggle to hold the empire together in the ninth. It places the complex political narrative in context, giving equal consideration to vital themes such as beliefs, peasant society, aristocratic culture and the economy. Accessibly written and authoritative, this book offers distinctive perspectives on a formative period in European history.

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‘This book is to be welcomed. It is the Carolingian synthesis for a new generation; everyone from students to established academics will need to read it. It is highly sensitive to the transformation of approaches of the last generation of political/cultural historians, and it moves seamlessly into a welcome new analysis of the non-aristocratic majority as well.’

Chris Wickham - Chichele Professor of Medieval History, University of Oxford

'Costambeys organizes his material both thematically and chronologically … a major contribution to the history of Italy in the eighth and ninth centuries and an important complement to the other books about the history of Farfa. This is a very well researched and thought-provoking book.'

Source: Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies

‘Costambeys, Innes and MacLean are to be commended for having fulfilled their task [to provide a new synthesis taking into account the insights of the most recent scholarship] admirably, surveying and synthesising a vast body of source material and scholarship and presenting it with elegance and clarity … heartily to be recommended as a one-volume introduction for students and a useful work of reference for seasoned scholars.’

Shami Ghosh Source: Reviews in History (history.ac.uk/reviews)

'Costambeys, Innes, and MacLean have provided an accessible and up-to-date survey to specialists and students of the period, as well as to interested lay readers.'

Hans J. Hummer Source: H-Net Reviews (h-net.org)

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