By Paul Arblaster
Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are 3 rather small international locations whose contribution to Europe's financial, religious and inventive historical past has been enormous. Their histories can't be written in isolation from each other, or from their neighbours.
In the 1st complete historic survey of the Benelux region to be written in English, Paul Arblaster describes the total sweep of the background of the Low international locations, from Roman frontier provinces via to the institution of the 3 constitutional monarchies of the current day. during this revised and up-to-date re-creation, Arblaster:
? accommodates the most recent scholarship and up to date occasions, bringing the tale correct as much as today
? presents clean assurance of immigration, multiculturalism, and the resurgence of nationalism within the Low Countries
? deals a short dialogue of the increase of secularism in Western Europe and the way this has affected the Benelux region
? outlines the international locations' fresh monetary successes and failures
? incorporates a new checklist of political events and governments because 1918
A heritage of the Low Countries is perfect for these looking a concise and readable creation to the heritage of a quarter which, for hundreds of years, has been on the crossroads of Western Europe.
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THE EMPIRE OF THE WEST RENEWED, 800–1018 One of the most large-scale medieval renovations of Roman life was the reinstitution of the Western Empire as the Holy Roman Empire, first under the Frankish Charlemagne, and later under the Saxon Otto. In each case, the pope crowned the emperor in Rome, but the emperor claimed supreme authority over the whole Christian people, bishops and pope included. ’ Although in practice imperial power was often very limited, the Holy Roman Empire lasted for almost 1000 years, up to the French Revolution.
The Christian missionaries, identified with Frankish power, were foremost among the targets of Saxon resentment. During these disturbances Ludger travelled to Italy. He visited Rome, as many of his missionary predecessors had done, and studied at Monte Cassino, eventually returning to his Saxon flock after Charlemagne reimposed order in 785. Scores more – Irishmen, Englishmen, Franks and Frisians – have been remembered as saints of the early medieval Low Countries, often only in the locality where they preached and prayed or where they were buried.
The following year the Danes returned, killed Finn and carried Hildeburg back to Denmark. The fight at Finn’s hall was described in detail in another Old English poem, only a few lines of which survive, the Finnesburg Fragment. There is archaeological as well as literary and linguistic evidence for the closeness of Angles and Frisians. Primitive silver coins known as sceata circulated in Frisia and England alongside or instead of the coins from Frankish mints. Excavations of a terp at Wijnaldum in the early 1990s turned up amazingly rich finds (mainly now in the Frisian Museum at Leeuwarden) which include a ‘royal’ brooch stylistically related to jewellery from the Sutton Hoo burial hoard.
A History of the Low Countries (Palgrave Essential Histories) by Paul Arblaster