Journal Article

Imperial Self-Representation and the Manipulation of History in Twelfth-Century Germany: Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 373

Johanna Dale

in German History

Volume 29, issue 4, pages 557-583
Published in print December 2011 | ISSN: 0266-3554
Published online December 2011 | e-ISSN: 1477-089X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gerhis/ghr063
Imperial Self-Representation and the Manipulation of History in Twelfth-Century Germany: Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 373

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Until Irene Schmale-Ott argued that the Imperial Chronicle contained within Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 373 should be seen as a distinct work, it was considered to be an inferior version of the universal chronicle of Ekkehard of Aura. This article comprises a close reading of the manuscript to demonstrate that the subtle changes made to Ekkehard’s text by the anonymous author do constitute a cohesive editorial strategy in which Henry V is presented as the legitimate successor of the Carolingians and Ottonians. That the author minimises the role of the church and glosses over difficulties with the German magnates is also indicative of the positive depiction of Henry V contained within the chronicle. In addition to textual evidence, the manuscript layout, its rubrication and images are also examined.

Keywords: dynastic historiography; historical writing; self-representation; Salian; Henry V; manuscript

Journal Article.  13506 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European History

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