Penguin Book


The Inheritance of Rome

Chris Wickham

The idea that with the decline of the Roman Empire Europe entered into some immense 'dark age' has long been viewed as inadequate by many historians. The Inheritance of Rome is a work of remarkable scope and ambition. Drawing on a wealth of new material, it is a book which will transform its many readers' ideas about the crucible in which Europe would in the end be created. From the collapse of the Roman imperial system to the establishment of the new European dynastic states, perhaps this book's most striking achievement is to make sense of an immensely long period of time, experienced by many generations of Europeans, and which, while it included catastrophic invasions and turbulence, also contained long periods of continuity and achievement. From Ireland to Constantinople, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, this is a genuinely Europe-wide history of a new kind, with something surprising or arresting on every page.

Chris Wickham is Chichele Professor of Medieval History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of All Souls College. His book Framing the Middle Ages, which was published in 2005, won the Wolfson Prize, the Deutscher Memorial Prize and the James Henry Breasted Prize of the American Historical Association. He taught for many years at the University of Birmingham and is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Division
Penguin
Publication date
29/01/2009
Category
  • History
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
Extent
720
US
Penguin Group US (Viking)
Translation
Rogers Coleridge & White Ltd (RCW)
Film
Rogers Coleridge & White Ltd (RCW)
Serial
Rogers Coleridge & White Ltd (RCW)
Audio (Unabridged)
Rogers Coleridge & White Ltd (RCW)
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