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Introduction To Part Two

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This introductory chapter focuses on the principal underlying supports of the traditional 'Germanic' interpretation was the assertion that there was something inherently non-Roman, and thus 'Germanic', about the deposition of weaponry in burials. Chapter 2 is probably the most cited of all the author articles and perhaps that which has had the greatest historiographical impact. Chapter 3 represents a development of that idea and the subsequent 'commentary 2' describes the background to the papers, responds at length to critiques, discusses the historiographical development of the debate and further develops the author reading of the burials. In chapter 4 focuses on late fifth century to explore how the ideas in chapters 2 and 3, and especially those about the reasons behind burial discussed in chapters 5 and 6, might help us think about one of the most famous early medieval burials of all, that of Childeric I in Tournai.

Keywords: Germanic interpretation; historiographical development; medieval burials



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