Carolingian Chronicles: Royal Frankish Annals and Nithard's Histories

Carolingian Chronicles: Royal Frankish Annals and Nithard's Histories

Carolingian Chronicles Royal Frankish Annals and Nithard s Histories The most comprehensive contemporaneous record of the rise and fall of the Carolingian Empire

  • Title: Carolingian Chronicles: Royal Frankish Annals and Nithard's Histories
  • Author: Bernhard Walter Scholz Barbara Rogers-Gardner
  • ISBN: 9780472061860
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Paperback
  • The most comprehensive contemporaneous record of the rise and fall of the Carolingian Empire

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    The Royal Frankish Annals are an important, but somewhat dry, year by year account of the Carolingian period, reminiscent of the Anglo Saxon Chronicles. Nithard is the grandson of the emperor Charlemagne and his histories cover the turbulent period of Louis' ascension and reign, but are written in a more literary fashion. Scholz provides a much needed english translation, scholarly introduction and notes.

    Wow. Bleakest closing line ever:"I mention this because rapine and wrongs of every sort were rampant on all sides, and now the unseasonable weather killed the last hope of any good to come."

    I do love this kind of thing, so I enjoyed this a great deal. This volume consists of decent translations of two original sources of Carolingian history: the Royal Frankish Annals, and Nithard's Histories. Together, they go through about a hundred years of Frankish history, as seen by near- or actual contemporaries. The introduction is pretty good, too. This isn't the place to start studying Charlemagne and his successors, but a good volume to have at hand as you're reading other history books a [...]

    Straightforward account of Charlemagne et al, including Charles The Hammer, The Bald and Theodoric. So interesting to see how they and the Popes encountered and dealt with what Charlemagne left behind. Left me wanting to know more, especially when I found out about Charles the Fat.

    The chronicles are a little skimpy, even by Medieval standards. There is not much description of society, law, customs, or much of anything except double-cross and triple-cross by the major actors. A few things did stand out for me such as the King/Emperor holding a major gathering of his feudal lords each year; and the annual campaigns. Warfare was necessary in Carolingian France. Of course, the authors of the two chronicles have strong biases that shine through. I am doubtful of the constant ( [...]

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