The Inheritance of Rome

The Inheritance of Rome

Illuminating the Dark Ages 400-1000

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143117421
  • 688 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • 18 and up


A unique and enlightening look at Europe’s so-called Dark Ages

Defying the conventional Dark Ages view of European history between A.D. 400 and 1000, award-winning historian Chris Wickham presents The Inheritance of Rome, a work of remarkable scope and rigorous yet accessible scholarship. Drawing on a wealth of new material and featuring a thoughtful synthesis of historical and archaeological approaches, Wickham agues that these centuries were critical in the formulation of European identity. From Ireland to Constantinople, the Baltic to the Mediterranean, the narrative constructs a vivid portrait of the vast and varied world of Goths, Franks, Vandals, Arabs, Saxons, and Vikings. Groundbreaking and full of fascinating revelations, The Inheritance of Rome offers a fresh understanding of the crucible in which Europe would ultimately be created.
The Inheritance of Rome

The Inheritance of Rome

Chris Wickham