Tea at Trianon Forum
Always be polite. Courtesy is required of you.
Tea with the Queen
Latest topics
» Remembering Louis XVI
Book Review:  “Before France and Germany:  The Creation & Transformation of the Merovingian World” by Patrick J. Geary EmptyWed Jan 22, 2020 10:04 am by vendéenne d'âme

» Mass for Louis XVI on live video
Book Review:  “Before France and Germany:  The Creation & Transformation of the Merovingian World” by Patrick J. Geary EmptyTue Jan 21, 2020 6:10 pm by vendéenne d'âme

» Judges 17:6
Book Review:  “Before France and Germany:  The Creation & Transformation of the Merovingian World” by Patrick J. Geary EmptyThu Jan 16, 2020 11:29 pm by vendéenne d'âme

» War in the Vendée/Guerre de Vendée
Book Review:  “Before France and Germany:  The Creation & Transformation of the Merovingian World” by Patrick J. Geary EmptyThu Jan 09, 2020 4:37 pm by vendéenne d'âme

» The Comte de Chambord (Henri V)
Book Review:  “Before France and Germany:  The Creation & Transformation of the Merovingian World” by Patrick J. Geary EmptySun Jan 05, 2020 5:24 pm by vendéenne d'âme

» Reflection: Les Membres et L'Estomac
Book Review:  “Before France and Germany:  The Creation & Transformation of the Merovingian World” by Patrick J. Geary EmptySun Jan 05, 2020 2:35 am by vendéenne d'âme

» The Habsburg Appreciation Thread
Book Review:  “Before France and Germany:  The Creation & Transformation of the Merovingian World” by Patrick J. Geary EmptySun Jan 05, 2020 12:45 am by vendéenne d'âme

» The Great Monarch
Book Review:  “Before France and Germany:  The Creation & Transformation of the Merovingian World” by Patrick J. Geary EmptyThu Dec 19, 2019 11:21 pm by Elena

» Jews in Royal France
Book Review:  “Before France and Germany:  The Creation & Transformation of the Merovingian World” by Patrick J. Geary EmptyFri Mar 23, 2018 10:49 pm by princess garnet

Who is online?
In total there are 3 users online :: 0 Registered, 0 Hidden and 3 Guests

None

[ View the whole list ]


Most users ever online was 70 on Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:35 pm
Social bookmarking

Social bookmarking digg  Social bookmarking delicious  Social bookmarking reddit  Social bookmarking stumbleupon  Social bookmarking slashdot  Social bookmarking yahoo  Social bookmarking google  Social bookmarking blogmarks  Social bookmarking live      

Bookmark and share the address of Tea at Trianon Forum on your social bookmarking website

Banner art courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.

Book Review: “Before France and Germany: The Creation & Transformation of the Merovingian World” by Patrick J. Geary

Go down

Book Review:  “Before France and Germany:  The Creation & Transformation of the Merovingian World” by Patrick J. Geary Empty Book Review: “Before France and Germany: The Creation & Transformation of the Merovingian World” by Patrick J. Geary

Post  Susan Abernethy on Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:30 am

In anticipation of a trip to France, I’ve been on a mission to read as many of the books in my library as I can related to French history.  Starting with the earliest in the timeline is this book on the Merovingian era of France.   My personal knowledge of this time period is spotty so I was very interested in what this book had to say.

I was not disappointed.  Geary starts by outlining some basic information on the Roman Empire and how it affected France and western Germany.  He talks about the many “barbarian tribes” and their movements within the empire and just outside it.  Caesar conquers Gaul and begins to incorporate the Roman style of government.  Then various tribes settle in the same area.  Geary explains how some tribes maintained the Roman way of governing and some didn’t.

Eventually a confederation of tribes commingled and become the Franks.  The Franks have their own style of governing along with adopting some elements of Roman government.  This is the birth of Merovingian Empire.  He then recounts the reigns of some of the Merovingian kings such as Clovis, Chlothar II and Dagobert I.  In addition to the kings and their government, Geary relates the history of the church in France which is most fascinating.  The beginnings of Christianity started with the missions of Irish and Anglo-Saxon monks.  The Merovingian kings and other nobles started the building of monasteries in France, the most recognizable being Saint-Denis where the French kings are buried.

This book details the fifth to the eighth centuries and recounts the start of the Merovingian government down through its demise, giving the reasons for its fall and the final chapter summarizes the legacy of Merovingian Europe.  I found this book to be very revealing about this era and enjoyed it very much.  I recommend it.
Susan Abernethy
Susan Abernethy

Posts : 323
Join date : 2012-07-01
Age : 63
Location : Denver, CO, USA

http://thefreelancehistorywriter.com/

Back to top Go down

Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum