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Dawn of Mediaeval Europe: 476-918

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Dawn of Mediaeval Europe: 476-918 by John Howard Bertram Masterman is a comprehensive and detailed exploration of the early Middle Ages in Europe. Beginning with the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 AD and ending with the rise of the Carolingian Empire in 918 AD, Masterman delves into the political, social, and cultural developments that shaped this tumultuous period in European history.

One of the strengths of this book is its thoroughness in covering a wide range of topics, from the barbarian invasions and the emergence of new kingdoms to the spread of Christianity and the evolving role of the Church. Masterman provides a clear and engaging narrative that makes complex historical events accessible to readers, while also offering insightful analysis and interpretation.

Additionally, the book is filled with maps, timelines, and illustrations that help readers better understand the geographical and chronological context of the era. Masterman's writing is engaging and informative, making this book a valuable resource for anyone interested in the early Middle Ages.

Overall, Dawn of Mediaeval Europe is a well-researched and engaging introduction to this pivotal period in European history. Masterman's thorough exploration of key events and themes provides readers with a strong foundation for further study and reflection on the development of medieval Europe.

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This volume by the British historian J.H.B. Masterman is a short survey of the first four centuries after the fall of Rome. The author writes of Theodoric, King of the Ostrogoths, who sought to impose order on a shattered Italy, of the rise of the Franks under Clovis, and of the resurgence of the Eastern Empire under Justinian and his general, Belisarius. At the close of the book, Charlemagne's descendants are wrangling for power among themselves, while, writes Masterman, from "the north came the Norsemen, ravaging and plundering along every river valley which their long ships could sail; from the south came the Saracens, the pirates of the Mediterranean, and ... a foe more fierce and implacable still appeared on the eastern frontier in the Magyars or Hungarians." - Summary by Pamela Nagami

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