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.
Introduction; Part I. Politics of Conquest: 1. The Saxon Wars; 2. The Stellinga; Part II. Conversion and Christianization: 3. Founders and patrons; 4. Religion and society; Conclusion.
Ingrid Rembold is a Junior Research Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford. Her research to date has examined themes relating to governance, monasticism, and Christianization in the early medieval world. Her publications include articles in Early Medieval Europe, the Journal of Medieval History, and History Compass. She was awarded the Early Medieval Europe Essay Prize and the Prince Consort and Thirlwall Prize and Seeley Medal.
Collana: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series
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