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be long in coming – and in Agobard’s view, such a punishment
could affect the entire polity.52
Agobard indicated in his text that he had personally presented these arguments in Attigny in 822, at an episcopal council that the emperor had not
attended.53 We hear hints of how Agobard’s performance resonated with
the assembled magnates: the archbishop reported that Adalhard and the
Conventus Suessionensis (a. 853), c. 12, ed. A. Boretius, MGH Cap. 2, 263–6, p. 266.
Capitulare missorum Suessionense (a. 853), c. 12, ed. A. Boretius, MGH Cap. 2,
266–70, p. 270.
, Prosopographie de l’entourage de Louis le Pieux (781–840) (Sigmaringen, 1997), pp. 250–6; A. L. Taylor, Epic Lives and Monasticism in the Middle Ages, 800–1050 (New York, 2013), pp. 55–63.
12 On Adalard, see B. Kasten, Adalhard von Corbie: die Biographie eines karolingischen Politikers und Klostervorstehers (Düsseldorf, 1986).
13 M. de Jong, The Penitential State: Authority and Atonement in the Age of Louis the Pious, 814–840 (Cambridge, 2009), pp. 122–31. On Hincmar’s possible presence at Attigny, see Böhringer, ‘Einleitung’, p. 1, Nelson, Chapter 2, pp. 44