Strands and Embedding: Henry IV and Godfrey of Bouillon

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

Strands and Embedding: Henry IV and Godfrey of Bouillon

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This chapter examines the episode about Henry IV in the Kaiserchronik, which contains a substantial embedded narrative about Godfrey of Bouillon. Drawing on Eberhard Lämmert's concept of narrative strands, the chapter describes how the stories of the two figures are defined and combined with each other. A letter preserved in the Codex Udalrici and (apparently) sent to Pope Paschal II by Daimbert of Pisa, Godfrey, and Raymond of Saint-Gilles in 1099 provides the starting point for the analysis. The chapter describes how the content of the letter reappears, worked into the story of Godfrey, in the chronicles of Frutolf of Michelsberg and Ekkehard of Aura. A comparison of these Latin chronicles with the Kaiserchronik then shows that the latter develops more clearly than its predecessors the story of Godfrey as a self-contained narrative strand in its own right, one that is defined primarily by his presence as a character in it

Keywords: narrative strands; embedding; Henry IV; Godfrey of Bouillon; Codex Udalrici; Frutolf of Michelsberg; Ekkehard of Aura; Lämmert

Chapter.  11457 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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