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This introduction provies a basic orientation and an original scholarly interpretation of the text. The career, mental world and writings of Regino, abbot of Prüm, were all defined by the Carolingian Empire and, more particularly, by its end. The high Ottonian period of the mid-tenth century witnessed a revival of historiography, exemplified by the work of the two major authors who wrote about the rise of the dynasty. The first of these was Liutprand of Cremona, whose Antapodosis, a history of European politics from 888 until around 950, and Historia Ottonis, a focused account of events surrounding Otto's imperial coronation, were both written in the earlier 960s. The second was Adalbert, who most probably wrote his continuation to the Chronicle in 967/968. Regino's Chronicle, dedicated to Bishop Adalbero of Augsburg in the year 908, was the last work of its kind for several decades, and as such its author can be regarded as the last great historian of the Carolingian Empire.

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History and politics in late Carolingian and Ottonian Europe

The Chronicle of Regino of Prüm and Adalbert of Magdeburg


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