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1 Thompson, E. A. ROMANS AND BARBARIANS The Decline of the Western Empire
University of Wisconsin Press 1982 029908700X / 9780299087005 Hardcover Fine in Very Good dust jacket 
Dustjacket has edgewear with light chipping to extremities. Dustjacket is now protected in mylar. ; Wisconsin Studies in Classics; 1 x 9.75 x 6.5 Inches; 329 pages; This text examines the fall of the Roman Empire in the West from the barbarians perspective and experience. Aimed at students of the late Roman Empire, of early Germanic history and society and of the early medieval history of the Mediterranean area, the book is an attempt to penetrate the minds and attitudes of the barbarians. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2 Thompson, E. A. THE GOTHS IN SPAIN
Oxford Clarendon Press 1969 0198142714 / 9780198142713 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dust jacket 
Textblock has light soiling. Former owner's stamp to title page. Dustjacket has shelfwear and rubbing. Browning to spine of DJ. Light chipping to DJ's spine and corners. ; On the death of Theodosius in 395, the Visigoths renounced their allegiance to Rome and chose Alaric I as their ruler. Alaric invaded Greece and then Italy, and in 410 he captured and pillaged the city of Rome. In that same year he was succeeded by Ataulf, who led the Visigoths across the Pyrenees mountain range into Spain. From 415 to 418, under the next ruler, Wallia, the Visigoths extended their realm over a great part of Spain and southern Gaul, with Toulouse as their capital. Wallia was succeeded by the reputed son of Alaric, Theodoric I, who died fighting as an ally of Rome against the Huns at the Battle of Châlons. The most notable of the Spanish Visigothic kings was Euric, who reigned from about 420 to 484. He was a son of Theodoric I. Under Euric, who declared his rule to be independent of any federation with Rome, the kingdom of Toulouse included almost all of Spain and most of Gaul west of the Rhône River and south of the Loire River. Euric introduced many aspects of Roman civilization and drew up a code of law combining Roman and German elements. The kingdom was, however, continually beset by both internal and external difficulties. The kingship was nominally elective, and the powerful Visigothic nobles stood against attempts to found a hereditary royal house. Externally, the Byzantine Empire and the Franks menaced the Visigothic lands. In order to instill greater loyalty in his rebellious Roman and Christian subjects, Alaric II in 506 introduced the collection of laws known as the Breviary of Alaric. A year later, Clovis I, king of the Franks, defeated the Visigoths at the Battle of Vouillé, in which Alaric II was killed. Most of Provence was separated from the Gothic lands, and the Visigothic kingdom was confined almost entirely to Spain. Despite the attempts of a long line of Gothic kings to hold the kingdom together, the power of the Visigoths steadily declined. The last king, Roderick, was defeated and probably killed by the Muslims in the Battle of Río Barbate in 711. By 713 Spain was partially conquered by the Moors, and the Visigothic power survived in the independent Christian kingdom of Asturias. Looks at the Chronicle of 754 to address questions as: what were the political and military achievements of the Gothic Kings? How much of the Roman administrative machinery did they preserve a civil service of their own? How did they, as Christian heretics, relate to their catholic subjects? And what was the character of the councils of Toledo? ; 376 pages 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Bouma's Boekhuis 1969 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Very light soiling to back board. Minor rubbing. ; Contents: Biography; Sources; Ursicinus; Gallus; Julian; Theodosius and Maximinus; Composition of the Last Six Books; Ammianus as an Historian. Appendices: Zosimus and Julian's Persian Expedition; Chronological Note on xxviii, I. ; 145 pages; Unchanged reprint of 1947 Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Palgrave Macmillan 1986 0312870841 / 9780312870843 Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket 
Dust jacket has some shelfwear. ; This look back to the very beginnings of Irish Christianity and to its founder - St. Patrick, is an excellent work by one of the most intriguing of writers, who presents Irish and Celtic Dark age history through a political perspective. Patrick is a figure about little certain is known, and Thompson masterfully, "pieces together the story of his life, drawing his evidence from the only real clues that exist, Patrick's own writings. " Scheduled for publication on St. Patrick's day, this study of the elusive patron saint of the Irish is unique in at least one respect. Thompson (emeritus professor of Nottingham University, England) relies solely on evidence gathered from Patrick's own writingstwo books in Latin: Epistle to the Soldiers of Coroticus and Confessionto form a biography. He eschews the legends and apocrypha, many amusing, that have over the centuries embellished the meager facts known about Patrick, yet Thompson strives to appeal to general readers as well as theologians and scholars. Terming Patrick "a bad writer but . . . Not an out-and-out crackpot, " he poses credible hypotheses about Patrick's origins as a Briton, his enslavement in County Mayo, his delayed rise to the bishopric and his unusual reaching out to the non-Christian barbarians of fifth-century Ireland. An intriguing story filled with unanswerable questions but highly readable and satisfying. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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