Debating medieval Europe

The early Middle Ages, c. 450–c. 1050

Edited by Stephen Mossman

Debating medieval Europe


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1734-2
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: December 2020
  • BIC Category: Humanities / Medieval history, Humanities / European history, Humanities / Historiography, HISTORY / Medieval, HISTORY / Historiography, HISTORY / Study & Teaching, European history: medieval period, middle ages, c 500 CE to c 1000 CE, Historiography, 11th century, c 1000 to c 1099, Medieval History, History
  • Series: Manchester University Press


Debating medieval Europe serves as an entry point for studying and teaching medieval history. Rather than simply presenting foundational knowledge or introducing sources, it provides the reader with frameworks for understanding the distinctive historiography of the period, digging beneath the historical accounts provided by other textbooks to expose the contested foundations of apparently settled narratives. It opens a space for discussion and debate, as well as providing essential context for the sometimes overwhelming abundance of specialist scholarship.

Volume I addresses the early Middle Ages, covering the period c. 450-c. 1050. The chapters are organised chronologically, and cover such topics as the Carolingian Order, England and the 'Atlantic Archipelago', the Vikings and Ottonian Germany. It features a highly distinguished selection of medieval historians, including Paul Fouracre and Janet L. Nelson.


How to use this book: a guide for students - Stephen Mossman
1 The transformation of the Roman world, c. 450-c. 550 - Craig H. Caldwell III
2 The Successor States, 550-750 - Paul Fouracre
3 The Carolingian moment - Janet L. Nelson
4 Translatio imperii: Ottonian Germany - T. J. H. McCarthy
5 Feudal revolution? Transformations around the year 1000 - Paul Fouracre
6 Vikings and the 'age of iron' in the North Sea - Charles Insley
7 Early medieval Spain, 800-1100: the Christian kingdoms and al-Andalus - Robert Portass
8 England and the Atlantic Archipelago from Alfred to the Norman Conquest - Charles Insley
9 The Norman world, c. 1000-c. 1100 - Paul Oldfield


Stephen Mossman is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Manchester

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