This introduction provides historical background and a discussion of the Frutolf's Chronicle. Written in Bamberg at the end of the eleventh century, Frutolf of Michelsberg's Chronicle offers a lively and vivid account of the great struggle between the German emperors and the papacy known today as the Investiture Contest. Closely related to Frutolf's Chronicle and the 1106 Continuation is the Anonymous imperial chronicle composed in 1113/1114. The existence of multiple continuations of the Chronicle obscured Frutolf's authorship of his own work. From the middle of the twelfth century until the end of the nineteenth not only the various continuations, but also the original Chronicle itself, were attributed to Abbot Ekkehard of Aura.