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PERIODS OF EUROPEAN HISTORY

PERIOD I., 476-918

With Maps. Crown 8vo.

PERIODS OF EUROPEAN HISTORY

General Editor, ARTHUR HASSALL, M.A.

STUDENT OF CHRIST CHURCH, OXFORD

Period I. A.d. 476-918. By C. W. C. Oman, M.A., Fellow of

All Souls' College, Oxford. 7s. 6d.

,, II. A.d. 918-1272. By T. F. Tout, M.A., Professor of History at Victoria University, Manchester.

,, III. A.d. 1272-1494. By R. Lodge, M. A., Professor of History at Glasgow University.

„ IV. A.d. 1494-1598. By A. H. Johnson, M.A., Historical Lecturer at Merton, Trinity, and University Colleges, Oxford.

V. A.d. 1598-1715. By H. O. Wakbman, M.A., Fellow of All Souls' College, and Tutor of Keble College, Oxford. 6s.

,, VI. A.d. 1715-1789. By A. Hassall, M.A., Student of Christ Church, Oxford.

„ VII. A.d. 1789-1815. By H. Morse Stephens, M.A., Balliol College, Oxford. 6s.

„ VIII. A.d. 1815-1878. By G. W. Prothero, D.Litt., Professor

of History at Edinburgh University.

476-918

CHARLES OMAN, MA., F.SA.

FELLOW OP ALL SOULS' COLLEGE
AND LECTURER AT NEW COLLEGE, OXFORD

Author Of 1a History Of Greece,'
'the Art Of War In The Middle Ages,' Etc.

PERIOD I

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Second Edition

FROM THE LIBRARY OF PROF. GEORGE F. SWAIN OCT. 20, 1933

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AUTHOR'S PREFACE

In spite of the very modest scale on which this book has been written, I trust that it may be of some use to students of European History. Though there are several excellent monographs in existence dealing with various sections of the period 476-918, there is no continuous general sketch in English which covers the whole of it. Gibbon's immortal work is popularly supposed to do so, but those who have read it most carefully are best aware that it does not I am not acquainted with any modern English book where the inquirer can find an account of the Lombard kings, or of the Mohammedan invasions of Italy and Sicily in the ninth century, or of several other not unimportant chapters in the early history of Europe. I am in hopes, therefore, that my attempt to cover the whole field between 476 and 918 may not be entirely useless to the reading public.

I must acknowledge my indebtedness to two living authors, whose works have been of the greatest possible help to me in dealing with two great sections of this period, Doctor Gustav Richter, whose admirable collection of original authorities in his Annalen des Frdnkischen Reichs makes such an excellent introduction to the study of Merovingian and Carolingian

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