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History and Memory in the Carolingian World by Rosamond McKitterick

By Rosamond McKitterick

This examine finds the outstanding volume of assorted varieties and new different types of background written within the Frankish nation-states of Western Europe in the course of the 8th and 9th centuries. The Franks additionally preserved the classical and Judaeo-Christian histories from past centuries. Their books replicate a hugely subtle and many-layered figuring out of the previous in addition to a really inventive use of heritage. Rosamond McKitterick illuminates the terribly influential position of those background texts within the formation of political ideologies and senses of id inside of Europe.

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The famous and problematic calculation of years from the Continuations to Fredegar’s Chronicle, chapter 16, starts a new quire (fol. 49r). Originally this quire may have contained three and a half empty folios (fols. 38 The Annales regni francorum section, therefore, which starts in the following quire, may originally have proceeded after a substantial gap in the manuscript. Although the sewing of the binding now makes it difficult to be certain, it is possible, however, that the quire containing most of the reorganized sections from the Continuations of Fredegar’s Chronicle in fact originally ended on fol.

43 Such a rich dissemination is crucial for our assessment of the formation of an historical memory of the origin of the Franks and the rise and triumph of the Carolingian family. A further questions remains: If the Annales regni francorum is courtbased, official history, is there any discernible role played by the court in the dissemination of this particular rendering of the Frankish past? 4 and ¨ Vienna, ONB cod. 44 There is, however, one early fragment of the Annales regni francorum, not known to Kurze, and apparently ignored by, or unknown to, every subsequent commentator.

It also takes up one of the challenges I offered in chapter 2 concerning historical compilations. It begins as a study of a single manuscript but it implicates all other Carolingian codices containing historical texts. It focusses ¨ in particular on a royal history book, Vienna, ONB cod. 473, probably written in 869. It included the Frankish annals with other historical texts (such as the Liber pontificalis, the Liber historiae francorum and Vita Karoli of Einhard) to create an extraordinarily significant and important book.

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