Matthew Gabriele's An Empire of Memory: The Legend of Charlemagne, the Franks, PDF

By Matthew Gabriele

ISBN-10: 019959144X

ISBN-13: 9780199591442

Starting presently after Charlemagne's dying in 814, the population of his old empire seemed again upon his reign and observed in it an exemplar of Christian universality - Christendom. They mapped modern Christendom onto the previous and so, through the 9th, 10th, and 11th centuries, the borders of his empire grew with every one retelling, generally together with the Christian East. even though the pull of Jerusalem at the West turns out to were robust in the course of the 11th century, it had a extra constrained influence at the Charlemagne legend. as a substitute, the legend grew in this interval due to a weird fusion of rules, carried ahead from the 9th century yet filtered throughout the social, cultural, and highbrow advancements of the intervening years. mockingly, Charlemagne grew to become less significant to the Charlemagne legend. The legend turned a narrative in regards to the Frankish humans, who believed they'd held God's favour less than Charlemagne and held out wish that they can someday reclaim their unique position in sacred historical past. certainly, well known models of the final Emperor legend, which stated an outstanding ruler who may reunite Christendom in coaching for the final conflict among solid and evil, promised simply this to the Franks. principles of empire, identification, and Christian non secular violence have been powerful reagents. the aggregate of those rules may well remind males in their Frankishness and circulation them, for instance, to take in fingers, march to the East, and reclaim their position as defenders of the religion throughout the First campaign. An Empire of reminiscence makes use of the legend of Charlemagne, an often-overlooked present in early medieval concept, to examine how the contours of the connection among East and West moved throughout centuries, fairly within the interval best as much as the 1st campaign.

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In his Chronicon written at the beginning of the eleventh century, Bishop Thietmar of Merseburg claimed in several places that Otto I was directly in the line of Charlemagne. Thietmar did not mention any other rulers of East Francia in the succession––no Louis the Pious, no Louis the German, no Charles the Fat. 27 But if so, the Ottonians led a new gens and theirs was a new dynasty. They were in a sense trapped, needing legitimacy from the past but simultaneously needing to carve a niche out for themselves that was independent of that past.

Landes and G. Pon, CCCM (Turnhout, 1999), 129: 132. On the veracity of this claim, see Ademar, Chronicon, ed. Landes and Pon, 256. 46 Cartulaire de l’abbaye de Saint-Savin en Lavedan (v. 975–v. 1180), ed. Alphonse Meillon (Cauterets, 1920), 249–50. 1059–69. 47 Heinrici III. Diplomata, ed. Bresslau and Kehr, v, no. 271. 48 Cartulaire du prieuré de Saint-Pierre de la Réole, ed. Ch. Grellet-Balguerie, Archives historiques de la Gironde, 5 (1863), no. 102. 49 Sources discussed and summarized in Walter Cahn, ‘Observations on the A of Charlemagne in the Treasure of the Abbey of Conques’, Gesta, 45 (2006), 97–100.

On Notker’s sources, see Hans-Joachim Reischmann, Die Trivialisierung des Karlsbildes der Einhard-Vita in Notkers ‘Gesta Karoli Magni’ (Konstanz, 1984); David Ganz, ‘Humour as History in Notker’s Gesta Karoli Magni’, in Edward B. King, Jacqueline T. Schaefer, and William B. , 1989), 171–3; and Matthew Innes, ‘Memory, Orality and Literacy in an Early Medieval Society’, Past and Present, 158 (1998), 15–18. 20 Notker the Stammerer, Gesta Karoli Magni imperatoris, ed. H. F. Haefele, MGH SRG ns (Berlin, 1959), 12: 1; cf.

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