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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On the other hand, Wickham describes a clear simplification and localization of the economies of the entire region, particularly in the centuries of the worst crises, about Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. The Pursuit of Glory: I will just recommend this book. Wickham deals with this question through his book. It seems sound and I like the breadth of vision in trying to incorporate Western, Byzantine and Islamic views.

The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages, 400-1000

Get fast, free shipping with Xhris Prime. The Inheritance of Rome: Also this book deliberately covers in all available details the transition period after the Roman empire collapse which was not a single moment event but rather a lasting process and new state entities emergence.

There’s more information about the Byzantine Empire than many other general surveys of medieval history. Buy the selected items together This item: View all 3 comments. This comes off as more a desire to say that the truth is in the romw than an actually tenable historiographical argument.

CE is one of th Wickham is a very active historian specializing in the post-Roman world up to about CE 1, But apparently the author fully realised this thus giving some useful summaries. Aug 08, Liviu rated it it was amazing Shelves: The reason not being the author’s incompetence or unknowledgeability, but the infusion of over-detailed anecdotes that become such a nuisance to time-treasuring readers — of course I would appreciate being presented with exhaustive background stories about individuals who more or less related to the unfathomable theme of Wickham’s historiographical Odessy, if I have the time to rest soothingly on my armchair and drink a cup of black tea in my sanctum surrounded by books and manuscripts from centuries ago.


Artefacts are not discussed in any aesthetic sense but only in regard to whether their physical distribution is evidence of commercial networks or royal gift-giving. Jan 18, Pam Doyle rated it really liked it Shelves: Similar format to Book 1 but this seemed much harder to read.

He manages to be entertaining without losing the scholarship. These long periods were very tempting to skip. The question is not whether scholarship at this level has a place; it is rather whether a series such as The Penguin History of Europe should confine itself to academic questions and display scant regard for literary technique or addressing the key questions which people have of the past.

Generally, this work has already a great scope and, considering it was written by a single man with a limited expertise regional rather than continental, which would be practically impossible due to the impossibility of someone having a very deep knowledge of such vas a subject as late antique and early medieval Europeit’s a work of tremendous overall erudition and a monument of knowledge, that gives to the reader a very different picture from that promoted by popular culture.

Intellectual developments are seen predominantly in relation to politics. His handling of the Late Antique material with which I’m most experien This is a superb book on the Dark Ages and a splendid introduction to the current state of this neglected field.

It noted among other things that: Unlike so many lazy post-September 11, popular histories, this book gives us little sense of a clash of civilisations; instead, Wickham shows how both empires were the heirs of Rome, and how they confronted strikingly similar economic and ideological dilemmas. That’s not a knock on the scholarship. CE is one of those dates that we all know. Drawing on a wealth of new material and featuring a thoughtful synthesis of historical and archaeological approaches, Wickham agues that these centuries were critical in the formulation of European identity.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Thanks for telling us about the problem. No timeline in this book which is a shame. She already had daughters, and she reserved to them the right to buy themselves out of serfdom; but she thereby committed any sons she might yet have to an unfree life. Demanding to follow all characters and story lines, very academic.


Prizewinning historian Chris Wickham defies the conventional view inhegitance the Dark Ages in European history with a work of remarkable scope and rigorous yet accessible scholarship. Start reading The Inheritance of Rome on your Kindle in under a minute.

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Some chapters sacrifice clarity for detail the chapter “Outer Europe” comes to mind, in which the political histories of Britain, Scandinavia, etc.

It is insightful and well written, and a joy to consume. Individualism here is downplayed; it is kingship which matters, not kings – as if monarchs obeyed cultural scripts and exercised little free inheritanec.

On top 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. teh

This is an exceptionally detailed and well thought out book. 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 ijheritance much effort at making it. Account Options Sign in. Wickham, then, was faced with a formidable task: The late Roman inheritsnce was, as he shows, a stable and sophisticated society, bound together by patronage, commerce and, above all, taxation, its citizens often living in bustling cities or country estates.