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This introduction presents an overview of the translated chronicles and their historical context. The book focuses on three chronicles of eleventh-century Germany: the chronicle of Herman of Reichenau, the chronicle of Berthold of Reichenau and the chronicle of Bernold of St Blasien. The Swabian chronicle tradition, which begins in the chronicle of Herman of Reichenau as a record mainly of the military and political activities of the Salian emperor, ends in Bernold's continuation of Herman's chronicle as a defence of the Gregorian conception of papal authority. Berthold of Reichenau's account of 'the studies of Herman' combines the themes of the pre-eminence and the novelty of this 'new philosopher'. There are only two references to the chronicler Berthold independent of the manuscripts of his work: that of the bibliographer of Prufening and a single sentence in the chronicle of Bernold of St Blasien.

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Eleventh-century Germany

The Swabian Chronicles


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