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Empires of Faith: The Fall Of Rome To The Rise Of Islam, 500-700 (Oxford History Of Medieval Europe) 1st Edition

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Review from previous edition: "Peter Sarris' splendid new book is a defiant act of intellectual imperialism. Under the triumphant banner of 'The Oxford History of Medieval Europe' it annexes four academic kingdoms: Rome, the early Middle Ages, Byzantium and early Islam...It is easy for forget
that this is hard-fought territory, disputed by fractious experts and partitioned between different university departments...Peter Sarris' signal achievement is to impose an academic unity on the period."

--Christopher Kelly, The Literary Review

"An epic, sweeping and ferociously clever history of the age of Justinian and Mohammed."

--Dominic Sandbrook, Evening Standard

"This is the first volume to appear in the 'Oxford History of Medieval Europe'. Its general editors express the hope in their preface that they have liberated their authors 'from the need to produce a standard authoritative account'. Thankfully Peter Sarris has refused to be liberated and has
done exactly that. I dont think it is too fanciful to see points of similarity between Empires of Faith and Stentons Anglo-Saxon England. Both display a mastery of the relevant sources and scholarship; both provide very clear guides to complicated situations; both are very sensitive to the shaping
of history by economic, social and religious forces. This is a very good book indeed."

--Michael Angold, History

"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 highly
readable book."

--Averil Cameron, English Historical Review 11/10/2012

About the Author

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 University of Cambridge, where he is a Fellow of Trinity College. He has lectured and published widely on early medieval and Byzantine history both in the UK and abroad, and has appeared on historical programmes on television and radio and written on archaeological matters for The Times.

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  • Item Weight : 1.49 pounds
  • ISBN-10 : 019967535X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0199675357
  • Paperback : 428 pages
  • Dimensions : 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, Usa; 1st edition (July 24, 2013)
  • Language: : English
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