I.S. Robinson
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This introduction provides historical background to the Annals and a discussion of Lampert of Hersfeld. During the five centuries since the appearance of the first printed edition of the Annals Lampert's work has been more studied and has also been more controversial than any other medieval chronicle. In fact the author of the Annals himself left a clue to his identity in the autobiographical passages in the annals for 1058 and 1059. The instruction in the art of Latin composition in the school of Bamberg made Lampert 'the unrivalled master among medieval historians: even his critics admit that'. In his analysis of the monastic reform movement Lampert identified its origins in a reaction against the recent cases of simony in the imperial abbeys that he associated in particular with Abbot Rupert of Bamberg and Reichenau.

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