Envoys and Political Communication in the Late Antique West, 411-533 (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series)
Andrew GillettISBN: 0521096383;
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 reconquest. 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 communication.
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