Religious Franks

Religion and power in the Frankish Kingdoms: Studies in honour of Mayke de Jong

Edited by Rob Meens, Dorine van Espelo, Bram van den Hoven van Genderen, Janneke Raaijmakers, Irene van Renswoude and Carine van Rhijn

Religious Franks


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9795-3
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: April 2016
  • BIC Category: RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State, HISTORY / Medieval, Humanities / Religion & politics, Humanities / Medieval history, Medieval History, Religion, CE period up to c 1500, History & Archaeology, European history: medieval period, middle ages


This volume in honour of Mayke De Jong offers twenty-five essays focused upon the importance of religion to Frankish politics, a discourse to which De Jong herself has contributed greatly in her academic career. The prominent and internationally renowned contributors offer fresh perspectives on various themes such as the nature of royal authority, the definition of polity, unity and dissent, ideas of correction and discipline, the power of rhetoric and the rhetoric of power, and the diverse ways in which power was institutionalised and employed by lay and ecclesiastical authorities. As such, this volume offers a uniquely comprehensive and valuable contribution to the field of medieval history, in particular the study of the Frankish world in the eighth and ninth centuries.


'The authors who have contributed to this volume must be particularly praised for the clarity and lucidity with which they present some often very obscure and esoteric topics. A tome of nearly six hundred pages can appear a daunting prospect, but the contributors make reading it nothing less than an intellectually stimulating pleasure that I hope many more scholars will experience.'
Richard Broom, University of Leeds, Early Medieval Europe 2018

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