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Empires of FaithThe Fall of Rome to the Rise of Islam, 500-700$
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Peter Sarris

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261260

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261260.001.0001

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The Romano-Germanic Kingdoms

The Romano-Germanic Kingdoms

The Era of Theoderic and Clovis

(p.83) 3 The Romano-Germanic Kingdoms
Empires of Faith

Peter Sarris

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of kingship and military lordship in giving cohesion to post-Roman society, and then charts the history of the major Romano-Germanic kingdoms of the late fifth and early sixth centuries: Vandal Africa, Ostrogothic Italy, and Merovingian (or Frankish) Gaul. In both the Vandal and Ostrogothic cases, relatively stable and sophisticated regimes were ultimately brought down by succession disputes within the ruling households and by the failure of rulers to live up to the martial expectations of their followers. This opened the way to Byzantine intervention. In Gaul, much greater dynastic cohesion was achieved, rooted in the military achievements of Clovis.

Keywords:   Romano-Germanic Kingdoms, Vandals, Ostrogoths, Franks, Theoderic, Clovis, Africa, Italy, Gaul

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