Introduction
in Late Merovingian France
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The eight texts translated in the book represent a selection from what is in fact a far wider range of written sources for Merovingian history. The eight texts includes Liber Historiae Francorum (LHF), Vita Domnae Balthidis, Vita Audoini Episcopi Rotomagensis, Acta Aunemundi, Passio Leudegarii, Passio Praejecti, Vita Sanctae Geretrudis and the Additamentum Nivialense de Fuilano, and Annales Mettenses Priores. Bollandist, H. Delehaye's work emphasised the importance of understanding the function and purpose of hagiography, and his insights have paid rich dividends when applied to Merovingian texts. The Latin the Merovingians wrote is for the most part, with the exception of that written by the seventh-century chronicler known as Fredegar, thoroughly understandable to someone trained in the standard Ciceronian idiom.

Late Merovingian France

History and Hagiography 640–720

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