The Birth of a Frankish Golden Age

Matthew Gabriele

in An Empire of Memory

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199591442
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725128 | DOI:
The Birth of a Frankish Golden Age

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Chapter 1 examines the development of the Charlemagne legend in the centuries after his death in 814. This chapter is not comprehensive but rather offers a brief overview of the legend before focusing in on how religious houses in the tenth and eleventh centuries used the image of Charlemagne (often through stories involving their relics) and how these religious houses remembered his empire. The borders of his empire moved, dependent upon contemporary conceptions of Christendom. His empire, however, almost always included the East.

Keywords: empire; monasticism; legend; memory; Chrisendom; religious houses; kingship; relics; Jerusalem; Byzantium

Chapter.  16100 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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