Chris Wickham’s acclaimed history shows how this period, encompassing peoples such as Goths, Franks, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs. Review: The Inheritance of Rome: A History of Europe from to by Chris WickhamIan Mortimer finds a gallop from Rome to the. The Inheritance of Rome has ratings and reviews. Justin said: Just to be clear: Chris Wickham does not believe that he can explain anything. He.

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The Inheritance of Rome by Chris Wickham – review – Telegraph

In contrast, the imperial tax system collected money from the peasantry after they had sold their produce in local markets.

The second distortion results from the notion that the period was chiefly important for “the birth of nations”. He agrees that had little impact beyond the Roman court in Ravenna, but he attempts to show how the various areas of the Empire developing differently and how each evolved at a innheritance pace.

There is one thing more I want to mention about this book besides how I would recommend it to anyone. It’s a really deep dive in the history of the period which is well known as Dark ages. I’m in megahistory mode, apparently. For every assertion, Wickham inehritance detailed examples; when I stopped worrying about retaining those, the larger picture came rapidly into view.

I also loved his ponderation of the “continuity vs. As a stylist, I enjoyed Wickham. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Jan 18, Pam Doyle rated it really liked it Shelves: Last but not least, most importantly, this book as an instrument meant to educate readers with late antiquity and early Middle Ages, did not achieve its goals, at least in my personal scenario.

Cultures like those of the Slavs, the Northmen I refrain from the term “Viking”the Huns, the Khazars,the Magyars, the Avars and also the peoples of pre-Frankish Germany not in any chronological order, of course should be much better covered given their overall interest to the History of the period and the fact they covered most of the continent.


Don’t read it for an overview. It’s for this reason that I strongly disagree with the reviews complaining that this book has too many details, and rmoe not have been marketed to a general audience. As a result, cchris can see more clearly both the Roman and the barbarian influences on the cultures of the so-called Dark Ages.

Its straight into the Charlemagne period so if you want more detail on him you need to read elsewhere as this jus gives the cold hard facts in a few paragraphs.

This book has more detail than any book I have ever read and almost no narrative. My library Help Advanced Book Search. There’s often a lot of complicated things going on that challenge the straightforward telling, and a lot of misplaced desire for simple stories about long epochs.

I liked much an author’s sober position to the subject: Start reading The Inheritance of Rome on your Inheritwnce in under a minute. The only thing really missing is much on what life was like for the unpowerful other than probably rather hardthanks to the dearth of evidence on this aspect of life as contemporary chroniclers couldn’t have given two inheritahce about their lives and preferred to concentrate on the kings and other noblemen that were constantly blinding one another apparently a preferred way of eliminating rivals for centuries, thanks to a commonly held belief that a ruler should be ‘whole’.

The Inheritance of Rome by Chris Wickham – review

Like the earlier book, The Inheritance of Rome is more concerned with the uses the people of the era made of their understanding of the past than with giving a straightforward chronology of the era.

Maybe it was the time period itself or the sheer volume of information it was trying to portray. He manages to be entertaining without losing the scholarship. Don’t have a Kindle? Unlike so many lazy post-September 11, popular histories, this book gives us little sense of a clash of civilisations; instead, Wickham shows how both empires were the heirs of Rome, and how they confronted strikingly similar economic and ideological dilemmas.


Apr 02, Gavin rated it it was amazing Shelves: We are rarely given enough background to understand a royal decision; the result might be evidence of the way a particular society worked at a given time – but we are always told that, never shown it.

I know I do and I get discombobulated around those who prefer to ignore this period of history, and frankly prefer not to talk to those kind of people if at all possible unless they know philosophy, science, mathematics, old movies or other periods of history! The biggest factor is the loss of an overarching unifying entity. A ccording to Chris Wickham, two grand narratives have distorted our view of the period from to AD. An ambitious and enlightening look at why the so-called Dark Ages were anything but that Prizewinning historian Chris Wickham defies the conventional view of the Dark Ages in European history with a work of remarkable scope and rigorous yet accessible scholarship.

But if one is interested in how medieval Europe came to be, out of the mixture of Roman Empire and Germanic peoples, The Inheritance of Rome is an excellent read, elucidating the evidence from the period without grinding any one theoretical axe in the process. The Islamic caliphates retained a tax system, but since they relied on local leaders to collect and transmit the taxes, the governance structure was inherently fragile, and eventually collapsed into smaller states unified by common cultural, legal, and religious traditions.