"This book is a masterpiece of condensed exposition. It is also a breakthrough--a truly New Cultural History--in the quiet determination of the author to approach very old themes from angles refreshingly different from those from which they have usually been approached . . . It is, above all, the first complete account of the early middle ages as a civilization in its own right. It catches the living texture of western Europe, from Rome to the Hebrides, for a half millennium of its history. It is truly the study of a civilization in its entirety. . ."--Peter Brown, Princeton University
About the Author
Julia Smith is Professor in Medieval History, University of Glasgow.