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The Narratives of Charlemagne's Journey to the East before 1100

Matthew Gabriele

in An Empire of Memory

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199591442
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591442.003.0003
The Narratives of Charlemagne's Journey to the East before 1100

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Chapter 2 begins with close examinations of the three substantial pre-1100 narratives of Charlemagne's journey to the East. They came from central Italy, Aquitaine, and Northern Francia, they all tell relatively similar stories, and none of them seem to have anything to do with each other. The story of Charlemagne's pilgrimage to the Holy Land was not evolutionary. Rather, these sources participated in the same discourse as those discussed in the previous chapter, presenting a Charlemagne who was initially constructed during the ninth century. Charlemagne led Christendom, so for the authors of these particular texts, it simply made sense that he would have gone to the East to take possession.

Keywords: historiography; monasticism; pilgrimage; legend; memory; Philip I 1060–1108 of Francia; Charroux; Monte Soratte; relics; Carolingians

Chapter.  17471 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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