"An excellent and valuable book. It is hard to argue with Bachrach's most important point: the early Carolingian armies had to have been well organized, trained, supplied, and led for the eighth-century Carolingian rulers to have achieved what they did. In demonstrating that point Bachrach has highlighted the complex military, political, and social structure of early Carolingian society itself. He has thus presented us with a history of the early Carolingian military, not only for its own sake, but also to show us that understanding it is a crucial part of understanding the Carolingian world as a whole."–Speculum
Charlemagne could not have revived the Roman empire in the West without the military machine built up over the course of the eighth century. Early Carolingian Warfare is the first book to study how the Frankish dynasty established its power and cultivated its military expertise in order to reestablish the regnum Francorum.
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