An international team of leading historians and archaeologists provide thematic coverage of this turbulent and controversial period of Italian history, offering reliable and authoritative chapters incorporating relevant discoveries and analyses in archaeological and historical research. Professor La Rocca's substantial introduction and conclusion draw together key areas of debate and special attention is paid to the wealth of early medieval Italian written documents, such as private charters, and epigraphs.
Cristina La Rocca is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Padua and is joint editor of 'Archeologia Medievale'. Her books include 'Pacifico di Verona. Il passato carolingio nella costruzione della memoria urbana' (1995),'Da Testona a Moncalieri. La dinamica del popolamento nella collina torinese'(1986). With D.Modonesi she is the editor of 'Materiali dieta longobarda nel veronese' (1989).