This book presents a rough translation of the Annals of Fulda (AF). By the ninth century annals were one of the major vehicles for historical writing within the Frankish empire. The AF are the principal narrative source written from a perspective east of the Rhine for the period in which the Carolingian Empire gave way to a number of successor kingdoms, including the one which was to become Germany. AF offer the major narrative account of the east Frankish kingdom from the death of Louis the Pious down to the end of the ninth century. The surviving manuscripts are only an echo of what must once have been a much more extensive transmission, to judge by the use made of AF by a number of later annalists and compilers. The brief description of the manuscript tradition must be amplified by looking at the content of the annals. For the years 714 to 830 the work is undoubtedly a compilation which draws on earlier annals, in particular on the Royal Frankish Annals and the Lorsch Frankish Chronicle, with occasional use of other smaller sets of annals and saints' lives. The account of the origins of AF was heavily criticised by Siegmund Hellmann in a number of articles written some fifteen years after the appearance of Friedrich Kurze's edition in 1891.
The Annals of Fulda and their
By the ninthcenturyannals were one of
the major vehicles for historical writing within the Frankish empire. 1 The earliest annals were
probably no more than brief marginal notes on the tables used for
calculating the date of Easter, but it was soon discovered that an account
of events organised year by year could be not simply an
Chronicle of Æthelweard, p. 408.
Pauli, The Life of Alfred the Great, p. 223. Judith’s marriage to Baldwin is first
recorded in the ninth-centuryAnnals of St Bertin, pp. 97, 110.
Pollard, A Hero King, pp. 403–404.
See Mitchell, Picturing the Past, p. 113.
See Macfarlane, Marriage and Love in England, pp. 130–133.
See Calder, Women and Marriage in Victorian Fiction, pp. 27–44, 68–82.
Henty, The Dragon and the Raven, p. 5; Graham, Little Arthur’s History of
England, p. 54; Tappan, In the Days of Alfred the Great, p. 278.
Asser’s Life of King Alfred, pp. 92, 99.
into a single brief narrative, thereby connecting the death of one
Carolingian with the post-888 era in which Carolingian authority itself
was dying. 168
This kind of flash-forward authorial artifice was essential to the
Chronicle ’s narrative drive, and Regino’s
imposition on Book II of a central storyline is what distinguishes it
above all from the ninth-centuryannals which it superficially