History and Memory in the Carolingian World

History and Memory in the Carolingian World

by Rosamond McKitterick
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521534364

ISBN-13: 9780521534369

Pub. Date: 08/15/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The writing and reading of history in the early Middle Ages form the key themes of this book. The primary focus is on the remarkable manifestations of historical writing in relation to historical memory in the Frankish kingdoms of the eighth and ninth centuries. It considers the audiences for history in the Frankish kingdoms, the recording of memory in new genres

Overview

The writing and reading of history in the early Middle Ages form the key themes of this book. The primary focus is on the remarkable manifestations of historical writing in relation to historical memory in the Frankish kingdoms of the eighth and ninth centuries. It considers the audiences for history in the Frankish kingdoms, the recording of memory in new genres including narrative histories, cartularies and Libri memoriales, and thus particular perceptions of the Frankish and Christian past. It analyses both original manuscript material and key historical texts from the Carolingian period, a remarkably creative period in the history of European culture. Presentations of the past developed in this period were crucial in forming a historical understanding of the Greco-Roman and Judaeo-Christian past and, in subsequent centuries, of early medieval Europe. They also played an extraordinarily influential role in the formation of political ideologies and senses of identity within Europe.

About the Author:
Rosamond McKitterick is Professor of Medieval History in the University of Cambridge

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521534369
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/15/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
337
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgements     xii
List of abbreviations     xiii
Introduction: History and memory in the Carolingian world     1
Carolingian history books     28
Paul the Deacon's 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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