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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the book Perceiving War and the Military in Early Christian Gaul (ca. 400-700 A.D.), which begins with an investigation of late Roman and early medieval history and society in Gaul. The book next outlines the extant sources, including both the written and archaeological evidence. It also investigates contemporary ideas and attitudes on war and violence. In order to get hold of the significance of war like elements in everyday life, this book focuses on ideas mostly expressed by the clergy as well as those associated with the military. The book then investigates the central subject, which is the world of thought of the military. Finally, it focuses on the Christian world of thought.

Keywords: clergy; Early Christian Gaul; military; Roman Empire



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