In the research on "The transformation of the Roman world" relatively little attention has been paid to the transformation of early medieval peoples and the development of their communities into kingdoms, and we lack a comparative study on this subject. The aim of this volume is, therefore, to examine the relationship between gens and regnum by systematically comparing the "Germanic" and non-Germanic successor states of the Roman Empire, a question that leads to important results about the role of ethnic processes and of political developments in the formation of the new kingdoms. By trying to answer leading questions, 16 authors (historians, archaeologists and linguists) deal with ten important kingdoms of this period and with their political and legal context (role of the Empire and the law-codes). An introduction to the subject and its inherent problems and a comparative conclusion summarizing the results completes the volume.
Contributors: Javier Arce, Ann Christys, Evangelos Chrysos, Falko Daim, Hans-Werner Goetz, Matthias Hardt, Peter Heather, Jörg Jarnut, J.H.W.G. Liebeschuetz, Walter Pohl, Michael Schmauder, Isabel Velázquez, Ian N. Wood, Alex Woolf, Patrick Wormald, and Barbara Yorke.
Hans-Werner Goetz, Ph.D. (1977) in Medieval History, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Habilitation 1981, is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Hamburg since 1990. He has published a great number of books and articles on the Early and High Middle Ages, particularly on medieval historiography and the history of ideas and mentalities.
Jörg Jarnut, Ph.D. (1970) in Medieval History, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Habilitation 1977, has been Professor of Medieval History at the University of Paderborn since 1983. He has published extensively on the history of the Lombards and the Franks and he is one of the founders of the Institut zur interdisziplinären Erforschung des Mittelalters und seines Nachwirkens in Paderborn.
Walter Pohl, Dr. phil. (1984) is researcher for the Austrian Academy of Arts and Sciences (Commission for Research on the Early Middle Ages) and lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Vienna. His publications include
Die Awaren ( Munich, 1988).
Table of contents
List fo Contributors Abbreviations Introduction
Hans-Werner Goetz The Empire, the
gentes and the
regna, Evangelos Chrysos The
Leges Barbarorum: law and ethnicity in the post-Roman West
Patrick WormaldGens into
regnum: the Vandals
J.H.W.G. LiesbeschuetzGens and
regnum: among the Ostrogoths
Peter Heather The enigmatic fifth century in Hispania: some historical problems
Javier ArcePro patriae gentisque Gothorum statv, Isabel Velazquez The Transformation of Hispania after 711
Ann ChristysGentes, kings and kingdoms- the emergence of states. The kingdom of the Gibichungs
Ian N. Wood The relationship between Frankish
regnum a proposal based on the archaeological evidence
Michael SchmauderGens, kings and kingsdoms: the Franks
Hans-Werner Goetz The Britons: from Romans to barbarians
Alex Woolf Anglo-Saxon
regna, Barbara YorkeGens, rex and
regnum of the Lombards
Jorg Jarnut The Bavarians
Matthias Hardt Avars and avar archaeology. An introduction
Falko Daim A Non-Roman Empire in central Europe: the Avars
alter Pohl Conclusion Bibliography Indices
All those interested in the history of Late Antiquity, the Early Middle Ages, the Germanic kingdoms, the problem of ethnogenesis.