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The Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes & Imperial Pretenders: Barbarian Popes and Imperial Pretenders

Author: Peter Heather
ISBN: 9780230700154
Original Region: United Kingdom
Original Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
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The compelling sequel to Peter Heather's critically acclaimed international bestseller, The Fall of Rome

In 476 AD the last of Rome’s emperors was deposed by a barbarian general, the son of one of Attila the Hun’s henchmen, and the imperial vestments were despatched to Constantinople. The curtain fell on the Roman Empire in Western Europe, its territories divided between successor kingdoms constructed around barbarian military manpower.But if the Roman Empire was dead, the dream of restoring it refused to die. In many parts of the old Empire, real Romans still lived, holding on to their lands, the values of their civilisation, its institutions; the barbarians were ready to reignite the imperial flame and to enjoy the benefits of Roman civilization, the three greatest contenders being Theoderic, Justinian and Charlemagne. But, ultimately, they would fail and it was not until the reinvention of the papacy in the eleventh century that Europe’s barbarians found the means to generate a new Roman Empire, an empire which has lasted a thousand years.

About the Author:

Peter Heather was born in Northern Ireland in 1960 and educated at Maidstone Grammar School and New College, Oxford. He has taught at University College, London, and Yale University, and is currently a Fellow of Medieval History at Worcester College Oxford. He is the author of a number of acclaimed works of history, including The Fall of the Roman Empire, published by Pan Macmillan in 2005.


The Restoration of Romepresents an exciting and learned argument in a convincing, passionate way designed to be intelligible to a popular audience. Heather is a masterly interrogator of evidence, questioning the texts he quotes in such a way to make his book feel at times like a historical detective puzzle . . . this is a keenly conceived, deeply intelligent and very timely history.

— Dan Jones, Sunday Times Culture

Hardback: 528 pages

Dimensions: 234mm x 153mm

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