History and Memory in the Carolingian World

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 29, 2004 - History - 337 pages
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The writing and reading of history in the early Middle Ages form the key themes of this 2004 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 an 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.

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This work discusses how the Carolingians used history both to establish for their culture a "sense of place" as well as to establish a record, both for current and future readers, of their actions ... Read full review


Introduction History and memory in the Carolingian world
Carolingian history books
Paul the Deacons Historia langobardorum and the Franks
The Carolingians on their past
Politics and History
Kingship and the writing of history
Social memory commemoration and the book
History and memory in early medieval Bavaria
The reading of history at Lorsch and St Amand
Texts authority and the history of the church
Christianity as history
Conclusion History and its audiences in the Carolingian world
Index of manuscripts
General index

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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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