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Paul Fouracre and Richard A. Gerberding

slaves should also be included in the category of movable wealth. The desire to acquire movables remained a very important factor in political behaviour throughout our period, although it was land which provided the resources needed to hang on to power in the long term. 15 The splendid cultural life so evident at the courts of Charlemagne (768–814) and his son, Louis the Pious (814–43), forms the central

in Late Merovingian France
Matthew Kempshall

colouring is contrasted with rustic speech; cf. Astronomer, Life of Louis, trans. A. Cabaniss, Son of Charlemagne – A Contemporary Life of Louis the Pious (Syracuse, 1961), prol., p. 30 (fuco adulationis); and, more generally, T. Janson, Latin Prose Prefaces – Studies in Literary Conventions (Stockholm, 1964), p. 140. 299  Chronicle, Ep.ded., p. 91; cf. Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy, I.5, p. 161. 116 •  Rhetoric and the writing of history  • would rather give offence to the powerful than use the ‘colours’ of rhetoric to disguise the truth. Otto of Freising

in Rhetoric and the writing of history, 400 –1500
Matthew Kempshall

art and marvellous craftsmanship of these constructions, he comments, now revealed the incidents to those who had not seen them happen ‘as clearly as if they had been there’.279 Medieval historians made similar observations and drew similar conclusions. Thus, Gregory of Tours describes histories painted on walls; Paul the Deacon describes Theudelinda having the deeds of the Lombards painted in her palace; Ermoldus Nigellus how Louis the Pious had the maxima gesta virum from Orosius painted on the walls of his hall at Ingelheim, joining the acts of caesars to the

in Rhetoric and the writing of history, 400 –1500
Rachel Stone and Charles West

itself upon them. And since it is written: ‘Pass not beyond the ancient bounds which thy fathers have set’ [Proverbs 22:28], whose true doctrine should be imitated by us as examples, we thought it necessary to recall to the memory that some of us were present in the palace of Attigny in the time of the Lord Louis, the pious emperor of holy memory, when there was a

in The divorce of King Lothar and Queen Theutberga
I. S. Robinson

This chapter contains the translated and annotated text of the second version of Berthold of Reichenau's Chronicle.

in Eleventh-century Germany
David A. Warner

This chapter contains the annotated and translated text of The Chronicon of Thiermar of Merseburg.

in Ottonian Germany
I.S. Robinson

This chapter contains the text of Annals of Lampert, translated and annotated by I.S. Robinson.

in The Annals of Lampert of Hersfeld