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Manuscripts of the Latin Classics 800-1200

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ISBN: 9789087282264 9789087283278 9789400602113 Year: DOI: 10.24415/9789087282264 Language: English
Publisher: Leiden University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102111
Subject: History
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This volume explores the production and use of medieval manuscripts that contain classical Latin texts. Six experts in the field address a range of topics related to these manuscripts, including how classical texts were disseminated throughout medieval society, how readers used and interacted with specific texts, and what these books look like from a material standpoint. This collection of essays also considers the value of studying classical manuscripts as a distinct group, and demonstrates how such a collective approach can add to our understanding of how classical works functioned in medieval society. Focusing on the period 800-1200, when classical works played a crucial role in the teaching of grammar, rhetoric, and dialectics, this volume investigates how classical Latin texts were copied, used, and circulated in both discrete and shared contexts.

Royal Power in the Late Carolingian Age

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ISBN: 9783946198512 9783946198482 9783946198499 9783946198505 Year: Pages: 420 DOI: 10.16994/ban Language: English
Publisher: Modern Academic Publishing
Subject: Political Science --- Social Sciences --- History
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The prevalent image of the late Carolingian age is one of decline and fall. Charles III the Simple’s (893/898−923) rule, which has hardly received any scholarly attention since the late 19th century, is perceived to have been the classic example of this development. Enthroned by rebels as well as cast down by a rebellion he is said to have been a weak ruler, powerless in the face of the ambitions of the nobles of the West Frankish realm. Yet, what do »weak« and »powerless« mean? In modern scholarship, early medieval rule is understood not as a question of command and obedience but as the result of cooperation between rulers and nobles. Thus, royal actions, such as the defence of the realm against the Northmen, interactions with other rulers or in regard to conflicts with or between the nobles, are reflections of the relations between the ruler and the circle of nobles around him. A ruler’s power therefore depended on his ability to integrate the most powerful nobles into his rule, to mediate between their interests and to create consensus over the course of action. Based on this view, a new assessment of Charles the Simple’s rule, the circle of nobles around him, the actions taken by him and thus his royal power is provided in this study, with the rules of his predecessors since the death of Charles the Bald in 877 serving as a basis for comparison.

Rethinking Authority in the Carolingian Empire

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ISBN: 9789048532681 Year: Pages: 279 Seiten Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press Grant: Austrian Science Fund - F 4202
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By the early ninth century, taking responsibility for aseriesof social, religious and political transformations had becomean integral part of running the Carolingian empire. This booktakes a fresh look at these transformations during theoptimistic first decades of the ninth century. Extrapolatingfrom a series of detailed case studies rather than presentinga new grand narrative, it offers new interpretations ofcontemporary theories of personal improvement andinstitutional reforms, and shows the self-awareness of its main instigators as they pondered what it meant to be agood Christian in a good Christian empire.

Rethinking Authority in the Carolingian Empire

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Book Series: The Early Medieval North Atlantic ISBN: 9789048532681 9789462982642 Year: Pages: 279 DOI: 10.5117/9789462982642 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science --- History
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By the early ninth century, the responsibility for a series of social, religious and political transformations had become an integral part of running the Carolingian empire. This became especially clear when, in 813/4, Louis the Pious and his court seized the momentum generated by their predecessors and broadened the scope of these reforms ever further. These reformers knew they represented a movement greater than the sum of its parts; the interdependence between those wielding imperial authority and those bearing responsibility for ecclesiastical reforms was driven by comprehensive, yet still surprisingly diverse expectations.Taking this diversity as a starting point, this book takes a fresh look at the optimistic first decades of the ninth century. Extrapolating from a series of detailed case studies rather than presenting a new grand narrative, it offers new interpretations of contemporary theories of personal improvement and institutional correctio, and shows the self-awareness of its main instigators as they pondered what it meant to be a good Christian in a good Christian empire.

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