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Simon MacLean

REGINO OF PRÜM’S CHRONICLE HERE BEGINS THE PREFACE TO THE FOLLOWING WORK To the lord Bishop Adalbero, 1 a man of the highest abilities distinguished in manifold ways through the pursuit of every type of philosophy, Regino, although the lowest of Christ’s worshippers, in all things most devoted

in History and politics in late Carolingian and Ottonian Europe
The Chronicle of Regino of Prüm and Adalbert of Magdeburg
Author: Simon MacLean

The career, mental world and writings of Regino, abbot of Prüm, were all defined by the Carolingian empire and, more particularly, by its end. The high Ottonian period of the mid-tenth century also witnessed a revival of historiography, exemplified by the work of the two major authors who wrote about the rise of the dynasty. The first of these was Liutprand of Cremona, whose Antapodosis, a history of European politics from 888 until around 950, and Historia Ottonis, a focused account of events surrounding Otto's imperial coronation, were both written in the earlier 960s. The second was Adalbert, who most probably wrote his continuation to the Chronicle in 967/968. Regino's Chronicle, dedicated to Bishop Adalbero of Augsburg in the year 908, was the last work of its kind for several decades, and as such its author can be regarded as the last great historian of the Carolingian Empire. The Chronicle is divided into two books. The first, subtitled 'On the times of the Lord's incarnation', begins with the incarnation of Christ and proceeds as far as the death of Charles Martel in 741. The second 'On the deeds of the kings of the Franks' takes the story from the death of Charles Martel through to 906. The much shorter continuation by Adalbert of Magdeburg enjoys a place in the canon of works relating to the history of the earliest German Reich and consequently has received considerably more attention.

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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.

Regino of Prüm and royal monastic conversion
Erik Goosmann and Rob Meens

16 A mirror of princes who opted out: Regino of Prüm and royal monastic conversion Erik Goosmann and Rob Meens Introduction In 908, the year in which the Carolingian Prince Louis (the Child) turned fifteen, Regino, abbot of St Martin of Trier, completed a momentous historical treatise.1 Considered to have been the last major Carolingian historical work, it chronicles the ‘rise and fall of the Carolingians’, for which reason Regino has recently been dubbed ‘the Edward Gibbon of Carolingian historical writing’.2 Rosamond McKitterick has called attention to Regino

in Religious Franks
Bernhard Zeller, Charles West, Francesca Tinti, Marco Stoffella, Nicolas Schroeder, Carine van Rhijn, Steffen Patzold, Thomas Kohl, Wendy Davies, and Miriam Czock

: Einhard, for one, dedicated the first part of his biography of Charlemagne to his conquests; 7 and Regino of Prüm praised King Carloman, Charlemagne’s great-grandson, with these words: ‘Indeed, he led many wars together with his father [King Louis the German], and more still without his father into the kingdoms of the Slavs – and he always returned with the triumph of victory.’ 8 Much the same could be said of Iberian rulers, with their constant campaigning, whether from north or south of the peninsula. 9 The northern chronicles are laconic but indicate campaigns

in Neighbours and strangers
Charles the Bald, Lothar I and the Vikings
Simon Coupland

magnates who were schooled in warfare from their youth, the poorer Franks were neither militarily trained nor well equipped. This almost certainly accounts for several defeats suffered by Charles the Bald's forces. 48 Regino of Prüm vividly described what could happen when the Scandinavians faced an untrained local force: ‘When the Northmen saw that this crowd of common people were not so much unarmed as bereft of any military training, they rushed upon them with a shout and cut them down in such a bloodbath that they

in Early medieval militarisation
The legend of Frederic of Utrecht
Bram van den Hoven van Genderen

metric prologue it was written by the ‘young boy Odbertus’, still ‘an unlearned boy of only ten years old’, during the episcopate of Bishop Adelbold of Utrecht (1010–26).10 Moreover, the content of the Passio Friderici was considered more than useless, thus angering the respectable MGH editor, Oswald Holder-Egger. Most offensive to positivist historians was the abuse the author made of two of his sources, Regino of Prüm’s Chronicle, and Thegan’s Life of Louis the Pious, rendering all its contents and information about ‘real’ ninth-century history of the empire to

in Religious Franks
Margaret J. McCarthy

produce two sons, Louis III and Carloman, and a daughter, Gisela. At some point during the 870s, Louis divorced Ansgard and married a woman named Adelaide. 11 Louis’s divorce was not mentioned in the Annales Bertiniani and Hincmar’s role is difficult to discern. 12 Regino of Prüm places the responsibility for the divorce squarely on the shoulders of Charles the Bald, saying that Charles – because he had not given his consent to the marriage – forced Louis to divorce Ansgard and forbade Louis to consort with her any more. 13 Among the Franks

in Hincmar of Rheims
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Timothy Reuter

overloaded the commentary. Difficulties of translation are noted, as are references to the same events in other sources; where appropriate, excerpts from these, in particular from Regino of Prüm’s Chronicon , have been translated in the notes. The information given by AF on the movements of rulers has been supplemented by that revealed in the dating-clauses of royal diplomata, though the reign of Louis the German in particular

in The Annals of Fulda
Graham A. Loud

occasionally mentioned in the text. The earlier sections of these annals are almost entirely derivative, although they display very wide reading, and the use of a very large number of earlier historical works, on the part of the author. The earlier sections rely especially on the work of Regino of Prüm, Thietmar of Merseburg and Ekkehard of Aura. Only the account after 1124, which is

in Roger II and the creation of the Kingdom of Sicily