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PERIODS OF EUROPEAN HISTORY

PERIOD I., 476-918

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. Js. 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., Fellow and Tutor

of Brasenose College, Oxford.

„ IV. A.d. 1494-1598. By A. H. Johnson, M.A., sometime

Fellow of All Souls' College, and Historical Lecturer to Merton, Trinity, and University Colleges, Oxford.

„ V. A.d. 1598-1715. By H. O. Wakeman, M.A., Fellow

of All Souls' College, and Tutor of Keble College, Oxford.

,, VI. A.d. 1715-1789. By A. Hassall, M.A., Student and

Tutor of Christ Church, Oxford.

,, VII. A.d. 1789-1815. By H. Morse Stephens, M.A., Balliol

College, Oxford. 6s.

VIII. A.D. 1815-1893.

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CHARLES, OMAN, M.A., F.S.A.

FELLOW OF ALL SOULS' COLLEGE

And Lecturer At New College, Oxford

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

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Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable, Printers to Her Majesty.

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

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