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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.

Ann Buckley

. 1027–39, CC 3); a lament on the death of Henry II (r. 1014–24, CC 17), a sequence on his burial at Bamberg (CC 9), a lament for Conrad II (CC 33), and a song in praise of the Ottonian dynasty (CC 11). Other items concern entertainment and celebration of ecclesiastical and secular figures: archbishops Heriger of Mainz (CC 24), Poppo of Trier (CC 25), Heribert of Cologne (CC 7); a celebratory dance song for St Cecilia’s Day believed to be associated with a convent in Cologne where there was a community of canonesses in the eleventh century dedicated to her name (CC 26

in Aspects of knowledge
T. J. H. McCarthy

’s genealogy of the Ottonian dynasty. 47 In the year of the Lord’s Incarnation 1025 and from the foundation of Rome 1,776, Conrad, 48 who although one of the foremost in the kingdom had opposed the previous king by rebelling, succeeded to the kingdom amid dissent among the princes over his election but with the support of Archbishop Aribo of Mainz and

in Chronicles of the Investiture Contest
Robert Portass

Vejle valley some ten miles from Jelling. Dendrochronology has allowed the dating of this structure (or at least the felling of the timber for it) to the 980s. 48 It also seems likely, though, that a major catalyst for the coalescence of larger political units in Scandinavia, especially in Denmark, was the expansionist activities of their neighbours, in particular the Carolingians in the eighth and ninth centuries, and the Ottonian dynasty in the tenth. In this, Sverre Bagge has compared the Scandinavian experience with that of eastern central Europe, where

in Debating medieval Europe
King Athelstan’s sisters and Frankish queenship
Simon MacLean

later Edgiva wedded Louis, the brother of King Rudolf II of Burgundy. 4 By the early 930s, then, four of Athelstan’s half-sisters were married into four of the great dynasties of tenth-century Europe; a fifth, meanwhile, became the wife of Sihtric, Viking leader in Northumbria. The political careers of these women are shadowy. Only Edith, hitched to the rising star of the Saxon Ottonian dynasty, left

in Frankland
Simon MacLean

king of the Ottonian dynasty. On Otto see Reuter 1991 : 130–1 and above, 897, n. 451. 9 Taken directly from AnnAug 913: 68 which, however, places the Hungarian raid before the bad winter. The Bavarians seem to have realised that the Hungarians were easier to defeat when they were withdrawing from their raids, laden with

in History and politics in late Carolingian and Ottonian Europe
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Thietmar, bishop and chronicler
David A. Warner

history and welfare of his diocese, his interpretation of that event has been and should rightly be viewed with a degree of scepticism. That the Battle of the Lechfeld constituted a decisive moment in the history of the Ottonian dynasty and of the Reich as a whole has long been recognized. It was significant for the Hungarians too, in that it marked the end of their ‘heroic period’ of wandering and raiding

in Ottonian Germany
Abstract only
Simon MacLean

makes the case compelling. There is slightly more substance to the idea that he was related to the founding family of the abbey of Borghorst, one of the leading noble kindreds of Saxony, though the main source for this association is very late. 195 His career began at the monastery of St-Maximin at Trier, a house with close connections to the Ottonian dynasty (and where, perhaps, he became familiar

in History and politics in late Carolingian and Ottonian Europe
Jonathan R. Lyon

town today, it was the seat of one of the most important bishoprics in the German kingdom during the early twelfth century. The diocese had been established only a century earlier, in 1007, by Emperor Henry II. This childless ruler, the last from the Ottonian dynasty, had lavished his new foundation with extensive gifts of relics, manuscripts, rights and properties – not just in eastern Franconia but

in Noble Society
C. E. Beneš

.5. 87 Probably Louis III ‘the Blind’, emperor 901–5; the long conflict that included his reign ended with the establishment of the Ottonian dynasty. 88 Transfer of empire ( translatio imperii ) is the influential medieval idea that the mantle of supreme earthly power passes

in Jacopo Da Varagine’s Chronicle of the city of Genoa