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Yitzhak Hen

politique de l’Antiquité aux Lumières (Rouen, 2007), 69–86; R. Stone, Morality and Masculinity in the Carolingian Empire (Cambridge, 2012), pp. 36–46. One cannot rule out the possibility that it was prepared with a specific ruler in mind. However, there is no evidence that associates it with either Louis the Pious, or one of his sons. 160 Yitzhak Hen lay on his shoulders as God’s chosen representative.51 This is exactly how Alcuin understood it even before the imperial coronation, when he wrote to Charlemagne: ‘What glory will be yours, most blest king, when all these

in Religious Franks
Maximilian Diesenberger

career in southern Italy. Although his sphere of influence reached out to the periphery of the Carolingian empire, this very abbot and his sermo played an important role in Charlemagne’s political activities in Italy, for precisely in the zone of influence between two centres of power the performance of an individual may have a decisive impact. Moreover, in such zones innovative ideas may develop more rapidly. The abbot in question was Ambrose Autpertus, a relatively obscure figure in modern scholarship, but a productive and well-connected eighth-century intellectual

in Religious Franks
From self-representation to episcopal model. The case of the eloquent bishops Ambrose of Milan and Gregory the Great
Giorgia Vocino

the intellectual and ecclesiastical elites.6 Centuries after their deaths, during the reign of Louis II (844–75), the regnum italicum was again the place of residence of the emperor and his court, turning a peripheral kingdom into a centre of gravity within the Carolingian empire.7 As Italian episcopal leaders found themselves to the fore of the political scene, their skills as eloquent speakers  – able to counsel the emperor appropriately, as well as to participate in and moderate the dialogue among the most powerful agents of their time (Frankish rulers, the pope

in Religious Franks
Laywomen in monastic spaces
Susannah Crowder

of the Carolingian empire brought an end to direct alliances between St-Arnoul and this dynasty. Yet the community’s ties to the ‘Carolingian’ aspect of its history 164 Performing women remained vital, despite the emergence of new and competing lineages. Through women, eighth-century memorial practice had created ties among disparate, legendary founders and contemporary religious and dynastic interests; in later eras, the monks of St-Arnoul employed representations of Hildegarde and other women to form the basis of new practices that constructed narratives

in Performing women