History and Memory in the Carolingian World

History and Memory in the Carolingian World

by Rosamond McKitterick
     
 

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

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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

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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

1Introduction : history and memory in the Carolingian world1
2Carolingian history books28
3Paul the Deacon's Historia langobardorum and the Franks60
4The Carolingians on their past84
5Politics and history120
6Kingship and the writing of history133
7Social memory, commemoration and the book156
8History and memory in early medieval Bavaria174
9The reading of history at Lorsch and St Amand186
10Texts, authority and the history of the church218
11Christianity as history245
12Conclusion : history and its audiences in the Carolingian world265

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