History and Memory in the Carolingian World

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 29, 2004 - History - 337 pages
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This study reveals the remarkable quantity of varied forms and new types of history written in the Frankish realms of Western Europe during the eighth and ninth centuries. The Franks also preserved the classical and Judaeo-Christian histories from earlier centuries. Their books reflect a highly sophisticated and many-layered understanding of the past as well as a very creative use of history. Rosamond McKitterick illuminates the extraordinarily influential role of these history texts in the formation of political ideologies and senses of identity within Europe.
 

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Contents

Introduction History and memory in the Carolingian world
1
Carolingian history books
28
Paul the Deacons Historia langobardorum and the Franks
60
The Carolingians on their past
84
Politics and History
120
Kingship and the writing of history
133
Social memory commemoration and the book
156
History and memory in early medieval Bavaria
174
The reading of history at Lorsch and St Amand
186
Texts authority and the history of the church
218
Christianity as history
245
Conclusion History and its audiences in the Carolingian world
265
Bibliography
284
Index of manuscripts
323
General index
327
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Rosamond McKitterick is Professor of Medieval History in the University of Cambridge. Her previous publications include The Carolingians and the Written Word (Cambridge University Press,1989), The Frankish Kings and Culture in the Early Middle Ages (1995) and The New Cambridge Medieval History Vol II c.700-c.900 (ed. 1995). She has presented many conference papers and lectured extensively at universities throughout Britain, continental Europe, North America and Australia. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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