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The legend of Frederic of Utrecht

The title of this chapter refers to the early-eleventh-century Passio Friderici. In this saint's life bishop Frederic of Utrecht is murdered by a couple of minions of Empress Judith, wife of Emperor Louis the Pious, out of revenge for the bishop's accusations of incest and adultery against her. The chapter focuses on the question of how and why the author of Frederic's Life made a use of the Carolingian past in Utrecht just after the year 1000. It presents the views of Patrick Corbet on the Passio. The formation and consolidation of a bishopric, and the changing position of its oldest institutions, are important elements. A clear continuation is shown of Carolingian reform ideas in the duties of bishops. Finally, the chapter focuses on the role of Bishop Adelbold and on the function of the Passio in the education of young Utrecht clerics.

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Religion and power in the Frankish Kingdoms: studies in honour of Mayke de Jong

This book, written in honour of Mayke De Jong, offers twenty-five essays focused upon the importance of religion to Frankish politics. It deals with religious discourse and political polemic in studies that take up the themes of identity, and the creative deployment of the language of the Old Testament within Frankish society. The book explores how the use of ethnic rhetoric in a Christian context shaped medieval perceptions of community. It shows that the Carolingian way of dealing with the Adoptionist challenge was to allow a conversation between the Spanish bishops and their Frankish opponents to take place. Charlemagne's role in the Vita Alcuini as a guardian of orthodoxy who sought to settle a controversy by organising and supervising a theological debate was striking. The book also discusses the admonition of an abbot of Frankish origin who came from southern France and made his monastic career in southern Italy. It showcases three letter manuscripts that share certain features but are different in other aspects. The first manuscript is a collection of the Moral Letters from Seneca to his pupil Lucilius , Paris , BnF, lat. 8658A. The book demonstrates that the lists of amici, viventes et defuncti reflected how the royal monastery was interacting with ruling elites, at different levels, and how such interactions were an essential part of its identity. It also examines the context of Monte Cassino's fading into the background, in the conviction that both political and religious concerns were at play.