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History and Memory in the Carolingian World

History and Memory in the Carolingian World


  • Date Published: July 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521534369

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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.

    • Exploration of how memory becomes history
    • Work has as its basis original eighth and ninth century manuscripts
    • Examination of the relationship between the presentation of the past and a European cultural identity
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    'This volume … raises central questions about the conscious and implicit functions of Carolingian historical texts, their setting in a broader and more fluid historical narrative, and the evidence for how they circulated. There are important demonstrations of how the manuscripts provide an amplification and a check on what a printed edition can reveal.' Institute of Historical Research

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521534369
    • length: 354 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 161 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: history and memory in the Carolingian world
    2. Carolingian history books
    3. Paul the Deacon's Historia langobardorum and the Franks
    4. The Carolingians on their past
    5. Politics and history
    6. Kingship and the writing of history
    7. Social memory, commemoration and the book
    8. History and memory in early medieval Bavaria
    9. The reading of history at Lorsch and St Amand
    10. Texts, authority and the history of the church
    11. Christianity as history
    12. Conclusion: history and its audiences in the Carolingian world.

  • Author

    Rosamond McKitterick, University of Cambridge
    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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