Empires of Faith: The Fall of Rome to the Rise of Islam, 500-700

Paperback | June 5, 2013

byPeter Sarris

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Drawing upon the latest historical and archaeological research, Dr Peter Sarris provides a panoramic account of the history of Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Near East from the fall of Rome to the rise of Islam. The formation of a new social and economic order in western Europe in thefifth, sixth, and seventh centuries, and the ascendancy across the West of a new culture of military lordship, are placed firmly in the context of on-going connections and influence radiating outwards from the surviving Eastern Roman Empire, ruled from the great imperial capital of Constantinople. The East Roman (or 'Byzantine') Emperor Justinian's attempts to revive imperial fortunes, restore the empire's power in the West, and face down Constantinople's great superpower rival, the Sasanian Empire of Persia, are charted, as too are the ways in which the escalating warfare between Rome andPersia paved the way for the development of new concepts of 'holy war', the emergence of Islam, and the Arab conquests of the Near East. Processes of religious and cultural change are explained through examination of social, economic, and military upheavals, and the formation of early medievalEuropean society is placed in a broader context of changes that swept across the world of Eurasia from Manchuria to the Rhine.Warfare and plague, holy men and kings, emperors, shahs, caliphs, and peasants all play their part in a compelling narrative suited to specialist, student, and general readership alike.

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Drawing upon the latest historical and archaeological research, Dr Peter Sarris provides a panoramic account of the history of Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Near East from the fall of Rome to the rise of Islam. The formation of a new social and economic order in western Europe in thefifth, sixth, and seventh centuries, and the asc...

Peter Sarris was born in St. Albans and educated at St. Albans School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he specialized in Medieval and Byzantine history. After Balliol, he was elected to a Prize Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford, and is currently Senior Lecturer in Late Roman, Early Medieval, and Byzantine History at the Univer...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pagesPublished:June 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The World that had been Rome2. The Formation of Post-Roman Society3. The Romano-Germanic Kingdoms4. The View from the East5. Byzantium, the Balkans, and the West6. Religion and Society7. Heraclius, Persia, and Holy War8. The Age of Division9. The Princes of the Western NationsEpilogueSelect Bibliography and Further Reading

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"This is an impressive book. Sarris has succeeded in covering both western and eastern developments and tying them convincingly together ... Empires of Faith is a lucid and confident expression of Sarriss developed view of materialist history, and at the same time a coherent and highlyreadable book." --Averil Cameron, English Historical Review 11/10/2012