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Before France and Germany. Geary wrote this clearly and simply which makes it valuable for both an undergraduate and graduate audience. -Louis Haas, Duquesne University.

Before France and Germany book. This book is about the Franks during (and before) the Merovingian years – AKA that overlooked period between Rome and Charlemagne

Before France and Germany book. This book is about the Franks during (and before) the Merovingian years – AKA that overlooked period between Rome and Charlemagne. This book seeks to understand the Franks of this period, how they evolved, how they operated – and why this period is so often overlooked. One key conclusion on that last point: they don’t quite fit our notions of how kingdoms should work. The Carolingian dynasty had stronger kings. Rome had its emperors.

The Creation and Transformation of the Merovingian World.

Before France and Germany : The Creation and Transformation of the Merovingian World.

Before France and Germany: The Creation and Transformation of the Merovingian World, Oxford University Press, New York, 1988. French translation, Le monde Mérovingien Flammarion, 1989. German Translation, Die Merowinger, C. H. Beck, 1996 Korean Translation Vistabooks, 1999. Phantoms of Remembrance: Memory and Oblivion at the end of the first Millennium, Princeton University Press, 1994. French translation Aubier 1996. Medieval Germany in America. German Historical Institute Annual Lecture 1995 (German Historical Institute, 1996). The Myth of Nations: The Medieval Origins of Europe.

Professor Geary draws on the latest archaeological and historical findings to elucidate one of the least understood periods of European history.

Before France and Germany: The Creation and Transformation of the Merovingian World by Patrick J. Geary. From the twilight of the Roman Empire emerged the kingdoms of Merovingian Europe (c. 400-700 AD), which were, in turn, the basis for the nations of medieval and modern Europe. Professor Geary draws on the latest archaeological and historical findings to elucidate one of the least understood periods of European history. This text is aimed at both survey and graduate courses on medieval history, which invariably take the Merovingian period as their starting point

Geary manages to present the decline of Rome, migrations and emerging Merovingian and Carolingian powers in just 200-odd pages.

Geary manages to present the decline of Rome, migrations and emerging Merovingian and Carolingian powers in just 200-odd pages. So, there's a lot of content, and paragraphs need to be digested in unhurried manner. For a layman, this very interesting phase in history is largely unmapped, as it lacks major historical figures that school books tend to cherish. The Gallo-Roman aristocracy sustained Roman culture all the way to the medieval times.

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In this innovative new study, Patrick Geary rejects traditional notions of European history to present the Merovingian period (ca. 400-750) as an integral part of Late Antiquity. Drawing on current scholarship in archaeology, cultural history, historical ethnography, and other fields, the author formulates an original interpretation not only of Merovingian history but of the Romano-barbarian world from which it arose. Mapping the complex interactions of a volatile era, he carefully traces the Romanization of barbarians and the barbarization of Romans that ultimately made these populations indistinguishable. Authoritative and elegantly written, Before France and Germany *presents an original and powerful synthesis of one of the most misunderstood periods of European history *draws on the latest archaeological, ethnographic, and historical findings, including grave finds, court documents, and kinship records *establishes the Merovingian world as an integral part of late antiquity *culls and interprets a wealth if specialist Continental scholarship in a concise, readable style This new study is an important contribution to our understanding of a crucial but often neglected period of Western history.
Felhann
I was impressed by this book. It is a useful, workmanlike text on the misty conversion of what was once Gaul, into a functional post-Roman state. The time it discusses was one of great chaos and movement of peoples, so it is difficult to present a clear picture of this process. This was a very good introduction, but despite all its virtues I came away hungry to know more and frustrated that perhaps there might not be much more.

Perhaps the lack of that final star is related to the word "workmanlike." There's nothing wrong with a workmanlike job; still it is not a word that sings hosanna either.
Umdwyn
The period between the fall of Rome and the emergence of medieval Europe gets short shrift in the popularly available literature. This book fills that gap, and in doing so show just how overdrawn is the "fall of Rome" view of European history. Geary shows convincingly that late Roman ways and relationships persisted for centuries, gradually evolving into what we recognize as early medieval culture. Or at least they did in the place that is very much the author's focus: Merovingian France. (The title may be somewhat misleading: this book is almost entirely about what went on to the west of the Rhine). In France, a Gallo-Roman provincial aristocracy persisted and remained powerful after the Franks established control over much of what is now France and the Low Countries, and late Roman culture persisted along with that. Moreover, the Franks themselves had been heavily Romanized, serving in Roman armies and becoming subject to Roman law. The Merovingian kings worked with the Gallo Roman power structure rather than attempting to supplant it. Given just how few Franks there may have been (Geary cites a "guess" of 150-200,000 spread out in a Gallo-Roman population of 6-7,000,000) they probably had little choice. The author ends with a chapter summing up the importance of the Merovingians, and argues convincingly that much of their poor reputation (les rois faineants) may be due to Carolingian propaganda.

All in all, this is an illuminating and enjoyable read. There is one section on the later Merovingian kings where the number of unpronounceable names becomes a real stumbling block, and the genealogical chart in the Kindle edition is not much help -- it appears to have been divided in two. But I learned a lot, and enjoyed doing so.
Ferne
I have owned this book only a few weeks and have already started rereading it. I am pretty well educated in the history of Europe from Charlemagne through the end of the 12th Century. But the founding of "Francia" and the rule of the Merovingians was always muddy to me. This book has been enormously helpful. Well organized and clearly written, it has bridged the gap in my understanding and, as a result, shed new light on what I thought I understood about later periods.

Very highly recommended.
Mayno
I thoroughly enjoyed this little book. It has the best synopsis of the decline of the Roman Empre that I have ever read. The author helps us understand how so few Franks could take over such a large part of the Western Empire with so little trouble. The key thought, that the author presents admirably, is that they were essentially already there. They had been handling the Empire's security in the region for a long time. Apparently, some had already settled there, and the Gallo-Roman society had already evolved from the image we have of the Roman Empire. I hope it is not too much of a stretch to imagine that the Gallo-Roman aristocrats decided to pay the Franks directly for security, instead of first paying the Empire, who would then pay, or not pay, the Franks for the same job. One can also get an understanding of how the Merovingian society fragmented under the ambitions of the aristocrats and the Church to form smaller "duchies", and ultimately countries. I must say that my thinking has changed considerably since I first read Edward Gibbon and A.H.M Jones several years ago.
Lemana
In his own words, Geary's purpose was "not to launch some new theory about the origins of European civilization, but to make available the vast literature on late antiquity and the early Middle Ages which has, for a variety of reasons, seldom been presented in a manner accessible to a broader audience, particularly to an English-reading one."
Understanding that the intent was to synthesize a much larger body of work, it is important to also understand that Geary's focus is laser-beam tight on the Merovingian dynasty within the Frankish kingdoms of the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th centuries. For those without some familiarity to the period, I would suggest reading a couple of chapters from a more general work such as "Medieval Europe" (Hollister & Bennett) even if just not to be surprised when the early Carolingians start showing up on the page. (Geary assumes you'll instantly know who "Pippin" was.)
My one reservation about the book lies in the torrent of names that take up about forty pages towards the end. That is probably a curse of writing about Merovingians in the 8th century, period, but I found it impossible to keep my Nantechildis separate from my Flaochad while keeping a mental finger on Clothar II, Grimoald, and Childebert (along with many more).
Otherwise, I found the book quite engaging, particularly with respect to the early merger of the Franks into Roman-Gallo society and its reporting on the differing roles and influences that the bishops, monks, and eventually the Roman Benedictines assumed and exercised within the early Frankish kingdoms.
Before France and Germany: The Creation and Transformation of the Merovingian World ebook
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Patrick J. Geary
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