Conquest and Christianization
Saxony and the Carolingian World, 772–888
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of Pages: 295
Width: 15.2 cm
Height: 22.9 cm
Following its violent conquest by Charlemagne (772–804), Saxony became both a Christian and a Carolingian region. This book sets out to re-evaluate the political integration and Christianization of Saxony and to show how the success of this transformation has important implications for how we view governance, the institutional church, and Christian communities in the early Middle Ages. A burgeoning array of Carolingian regional studies are pulled together to offer a new synthesis of the history of Saxony in the Carolingian Empire and to undercut the narrative of top-down Christianization with a more grassroots model that highlights the potential for diversity within Carolingian Christianity. This book is a comprehensive and accessible account which will provide students with a fresh view of the incorporation of Saxony into the Carolingian world.
'Offers a laudably clear and nuanced study that will offer stronger foundations for the subject going forward, and hopefully connect developments in Saxony more fully with those being studied elsewhere in the Carolingian world. ... anyone wishing to study the regional diversity of the Carolingian world in future, or indeed processes of conquest and conversion, will appreciate the clarity and detail of Rembold's work.' James T. Palmer, The Medieval Review 'Elegantly bringing together political and ecclesiastical strands ... [Rembold] presents us with 'a case study of social transformation' ... [Her] study is sure to play an important role in future discussions about Saxons in the Carolingian world.' Lutz E. von Padberg, German Historical Institute London Bulletin 'Rembold's valuable study contributes to our understanding of diversity in early medieval Christian practice and Carolingian history generally. Her work gives us much to ponder and will doubtlessly shape future studies of early medieval Germany.' Matthew Bryan Gillis, Speculum 'Rembold's study brings together core texts, and offers a conventional account of the conversion of the Saxons, which is of use for Anglophone readers.' Carole M. Cusack, Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association