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Starostin Dmintriy Nikolaevich, doctor of History, assistant proafessor, Saint-Petersburg State University (199034, Rossiya, Sankt-Peterburg, Мendeleevskaya liniya, 5)
This review analyzes main contributions of the recent monograph to the study of the Frankish kingdom and of the representations of authority in the Merovingian and the early Carolingian period. It suggests that the strongest points of H. Reimitz’s monograph are in: 1) setting the context of ‘pastoral authority’ for the images of power constructed by Gregory of Tours; 2) proving that the image of the Merovingian ruler as the chief of the military host of the franks took hold in historiography together with the emergence of the idea of the Christian kingdom based on cooperation of the ruling secular elite with the church.
Key Words: Frankish kingdom, Merovingians, Carolingians, Gregory of Tours, church and state