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Paul Fouracre
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Richard A. Gerberding

Berthefrid of Amiens in 664. 1 The scattered references in these charters provide a bare chronological framework within which we can place the events of Aunemund’s life and death as they appear in the Acta Aunemundi . 2 According to the Acta , the bishop was from a leading family in Lyons. His father, Sigo, had been praefectus or secular ruler of Lyons and his brother also held this position. 3 Aunemund too held

in Late Merovingian France
History and Hagiography 640–720

This book provides a collection of documents in translation which brings together the seminal sources for the late Merovingian Frankish kingdom. The collection of documents in translation includes Liber Historiae Francorum, Vita Domnae Balthidis, Vita Audoini Episcopi Rotomagensis, Acta Aunemundi, Passio Leudegarii, Passio Praejecti, and Vita Sanctae Geretrudis and the Additamentum Nivialense de Fuilano. The Liber Historiae Francorum was written while a Merovingian king still ruled over the Franks and by someone geographically very close to the political centre of that realm. Late Merovingian hagiography tends to emphasise miracles which heal and eliminate the maladies of the life, and the Vita Audoini follows the pattern. The Vita Sanctae Geretrudis makes no mention at all of Columbanus and his mission among the Franks, a strange omission if the Irish were all one group. The Passio Praejecti provides information on the relationship between the politics of the locality and the politics of the centre, for a land dispute between Praejectus and Hector, the ruler of Marseilles, was heard at the royal court at Autun at Easter 675. The Passio Leudegarii has an overt peace-making element, although the issue of who was on which side is much clouded by the complexity of the political narrative.

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Paul Fouracre
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Richard A. Gerberding

which each work was composed. Research in this vein is still continuing, for some of the works which Krusch sometimes rather arbitrarily excluded from the Monumenta collection remain in need of critical examination, such as the Acta Aunemundi , which is included in this volume. New readings of manuscripts can also prove fruitful, and new collections of material can usefully be put together. In

in Late Merovingian France
The English connection
Paul Fouracre

executed on the orders of the malevolent queen Balthild, ‘a second Jezabel’ who had no fewer than nine bishops killed. 68 But as Janet Nelson showed nearly thirty years ago, Stephen’s account is problematic. 69 An inscription, charters and later Acta all show that the bishop of Lyons was called Aunemundus, not Dalphinus. The Acta Aunemundi say that it was Aunemund’s brother, the count of Lyons

in Frankland
Paul Fouracre
and
Richard A. Gerberding

experienced almost two years of such conflict before Leudegar was sent in to restore order, and Gregory of Tours shows us that disputes over the bishopric of Clermont had a long history. 22 As we see from the Acta Aunemundi , even when the bishop was drawn from a family which dominated the town, he could still face dangerous opposition from rivals who might enlist support from outside. In Praejectus’s case, the

in Late Merovingian France
Paul Fouracre
and
Richard A. Gerberding

); ibid ., IV, ch. 75 (Sigibert). 71 Vita Balthildis , ch. 5, below, p. 122; and LHF , ch. 45, above, p. 89. 72 Vita Eligii , II, ch. 32. 73 Acta Aunemundi , ch. 2, below, p. 192

in Late Merovingian France
Paul Fouracre
and
Richard A. Gerberding

. Contrast, for instance, what the Vita Audoini , above, pp. 153–4, the Acta Aunemundi , above, p. 180, the Passio Praejecti , below, p. 272, and the Vita Geretrudis , below, p. 320, say about the origins and families of their respective heroes. 87 Dido was bishop of Poitiers c . 628–67. He

in Late Merovingian France