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Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series: Envoys and Political Communication in the Late Antique West, 411-533 Series Number 55 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series: Envoys and Political Communication in the Late Antique West, 411-533 Series Number 55 (Hardback)

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Hardback 364 Pages / Published: 28/08/2003
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Warfare and dislocation are obvious features of the break-up of the late Roman West, but this crucial period of change was characterized also by communication and diplomacy. The great events of the late antique West were determined by the quieter labours of countless envoys, who travelled between emperors, kings, generals, high officials, bishops, provincial councils, and cities. This book examines the role of envoys in the period from the establishment of the first 'barbarian kingdoms' in the West, to the eve of Justinian's wars of re-conquest. It shows how ongoing practices of Roman imperial administration shaped new patterns of political interaction in the novel context of the earliest medieval states. Close analysis of sources with special interest in embassies offers insight into a variety of genres: chronicles, panegyrics, hagiographies, letters and epitaph. This study makes a significant contribution to the developing field of ancient and medieval communications.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521813495
Number of pages: 364
Weight: 700 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: 'Envoys and Political Communication is a valuable study both of the important role that embassies played in the Late Antique world and of the literary sources from which our evidence for those embassies derives. The stated aim of the book was to make 'a significant contribution to the developing field of ancient and medieval communication'. This Gillett has certainly achieved.' English Historical Review
Review of the hardback: '... Gillet has produced an extremely learned and engaging study that deserves a very warm welcome from everyone interested in the transformation of the Roman world and the emergence of the early Middle Ages. It is lucid, fully documented, and it lays a very strong basis for any further research in the field.' Scripta Classica Israelica
"...well produced in every way...[a] most useful contribution to the political history of a complicated if not badly documented era...a worthy publication." Edward N. Luttwak, Center for Strategic and International Studies
" [A] well written and most useful contribution." Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"Not only a very scholarly book, but one which is remarkable for the clarity and thoughtfulness of its subject matter and approach." - Mouseion David F. Buck, University of Prince Edward Island
"The great strength of this book is precisely that Gillett's topic does not confine him to a single event or set of documents. The result is that it overturns comfortable assumptions about the prevalence of political communication in this period. Gillett has demolised the cheif one, that is rarely occurred, and has put forth an important corollary: if political communication was, in fact, more common than assumed, then scholars have also erred by assigning too much importance to embassies that do receive mention in the sources...There is less chance taht this mistake will be made in the future, thanks to this book." - H.A. Drake, University of California, Santa Barbara

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