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Includes bibliographical references (pages 284-322) and indexes.
Introduction: History and memory in the Carolingian world. -- Carolingian history books. -- Paul the Deacon's 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.
A remarkable quantity and variety of history was written in Frankish realms of Western Europe in the eighth and ninth centuries. This work examines the understanding of the past and use of history contained in these books and their role in forming political ideologies and senses of identity within Europe.
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