The Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes & Imperial Pretenders
In 476 AD the last of Romeís emperors was deposed by a barbarian general, the son of one of Attila the Hunís henchmen, and the imperial vestments were despatched to Constantinople. The curtain fell on the Roman Empire in Western Europe, its territories divided between successor kingdoms constructed around barbarian military manpower. But if the Roman Empire was dead, the dream of restoring it refused to die. In many parts of the old Empire, real Romans still lived, holding on to their lands, the values of their civilisation, its institutions; the barbarians were ready to reignite the imperial flame and to enjoy the benefits of Roman civilization, the three greatest contenders being Theoderic, Justinian and Charlemagne. But, ultimately, they would fail and it was not until the reinvention of the papacy in the eleventh century that Europeís barbarians found the means to generate a new Roman Empire, an empire which has lasted a thousand years.
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Review: The Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes and Imperial PretendersUser Review - Danny Traub - Goodreads
Heather is undoubtedly my favourite historian and I lap up everything he writes like a thirsty bitch at the water bowl. He sees the wood and the trees; his scholarship is fiercly academic; moreover his synthesis of materials is always cogent and laugh-out-loud enjoyable. Read full review
Review: The Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes and Imperial PretendersUser Review - Italo Italophiles - Goodreads
This book reads like a fresh take on the past, relying on the contemporary sources but interpreting them with a wise eye on what most of them they actually are: products of spin-doctors-of-old making ... Read full review