During the Northern Song Dynasty: The Birth of the West: 4 of 6: Rome, Germany, France, and the Creation of Europe in the Tenth Century by Paul Collins.

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During the Northern Song Dynasty: The Birth of the West: 4 of 6: Rome, Germany, France, and the Creation of Europe in the Tenth Century by Paul Collins.

https://www.amazon.com/Birth-West-Germany-Creation-Century/dp/1610393686/ref=sr11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1526870390&sr=1-1&keywords=birth+of+the+west

From Booklist Under the Carolingian rulers, and especially under Charlemagne, medieval western Europe enjoyed a period of relative political stability and a modest cultural renaissance. After the death of Charlemagne, in 814, much of the area reverted to internecine internal wars while Viking raiders plundered both coastal and inland regions. Collins, an ordained Catholic priest and radio and TV presenter, asserts that the tenth century brought order out of this chaos, transformed the basic institutions of medieval society, and laid the foundations for the future nation-states of western Europe. Although the apogee of the temporal power of the Papacy would come two centuries later, Collins illustrates how the church played an essential role in the achievements of the tenth century, which included forming a largely successful working relationship with Germanic kings. Collins provides a broad panorama of the age, presenting characters great and small, including kings, magnates, popes, and peasants. This is a well-done study suitable for both scholars and general readers. --Jay Freeman Review Stephen O'Shea, Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada) “The Birth of the West offers a refreshing breather from the ambient buzzkill of our era.… [Collins] is not your usual Western-civ cheerleader, jumping up and down about the glory that was Greece … his is a wider tour d'horizon, encompassing also Mulsim Spain, Ireland, Briatin, Poland, and Hungary.… Stimulating, encyclopedic, and often downright funny, this is a book worth remembering