Cover: Charlemagne's Survey of the Holy Land: Wealth, Personnel, and Buildings of a Mediterranean Church between Antiquity and the Middle Ages, from Harvard University PressCover: Charlemagne's Survey of the Holy Land in HARDCOVER

Charlemagne's Survey of the Holy Land

Wealth, Personnel, and Buildings of a Mediterranean Church between Antiquity and the Middle Ages

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$39.95 • £31.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780884023630

Publication Date: 10/17/2011


310 pages

7 x 10 inches

6 halftones, 23 tables, 3 maps

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection > Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Humanities


At its worst, microhistory is merely antiquarian button counting. But at its best, as exemplified here, small things serve as touchstones for studies of wider-ranging significance. McCormick examines the Basel Roll, a ninth-century manuscript relating the information gathered by envoys of Charlemagne, who inquired into the financial needs of churches in and around Jerusalem. The roll preserves three documents that provide personnel numbers and sizes of building roofs in area churches and monasteries, as well as partial annual expenditures for the patriarch of Jerusalem… McCormick shows that the Jerusalem church had shrunk since late antiquity; that contemporary Frankish houses were larger and richer; and that Einhard did not exaggerate Charlemagne’s interest in faraway Christian communities. Among the many strengths of the book is the full-size facsimile of the Basel Roll included as a stand-alone poster.—C.J. Chandler, Choice

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