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Kings, Courtiers and Imperium The Barbarian West, AD 565-725 by P. S. Barnwell

Kings, Courtiers and Imperium The Barbarian West, AD 565-725


Kings, Courtiers and Imperium The Barbarian West, AD 565-725 by P. S. Barnwell

This work constitutes an appraisal of the development of kingship and royal administration in the kingdoms which, by the seventh century AD, had been established in the former Western Roman Empire. By viewing the seventh century in its own terms, and providing a detailed critique of the primary sources, the author sets out to show that kings were stronger than has often been thought, and their administration more sophisticated. A feature of his analysis is its setting of the evidence for early Anglo-Saxon England alongside that relating to the continental kingdoms. The evolution of governmental structures in a period increasingly remote from the imperial past is traced, as is the relationship of the barbarian kingdoms to the Byzantine Empire, and it is argued that, despite emergent differences between the kingdoms, many of their administrative institutions continued to be influenced by a common inheritence of Roman traditions.

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Publication date

26th June 1997


P. S. Barnwell

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Bristol Classical Press an imprint of Duckworth Overlook


256 pages


European history
Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500
Asian history
Political structure & processes



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