Matthew Gabriele

in An Empire of Memory

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199591442
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725128 | DOI:

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The Introduction surveys modern scholarship on Charlemagne and his legend. The chapter suggests that modern disciplinarity and conceptions of genre have little value in thinking about the Charlemagne legend of the early Middle Ages. Instead, topics like this call out for integrative, interdisciplinary approaches. In the early Middle Ages, the Charlemagne legend said something meaningful about the past and we need to be sensitive to those ideas.

Keywords: historiography; Charlemagne legend; memory; interdisciplinarity; genre

Chapter.  5413 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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