Motivation: Charlemagne

Alastair Matthews

in The Kaiserchronik

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656998
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742187 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs

Motivation: Charlemagne

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This chapter describes how events are caused and explained in the episode about Charlemagne in the Kaiserchronik, showing that they do not happen merely because they illustrate God's will or the consequences of immoral behaviour: intentionality also affects the course of the action. To demonstrate this, the chapter draws on and refines the theoretical framework of Matías Martínez and Michael Scheffel after explaining its origins in the work of Clemens Lugowski. The roles of God and the narrator in the causal and rhetorical structures of this episode of the Kaiserchronik are analysed in detail; the chapter concludes by considering the role of Charlemagne in passages from the Trierer Aegidius and the Rolandslied as examples of other ways in which motivation could operate in twelfth-century vernacular narrative.

Keywords: motivation; causality; charlemagne; salvation history; Lugowski; trierer aegidius; rolandslied

Chapter.  10868 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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