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Politics and History in the Tenth Century
The Work and World of Richer of Reims


Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521038126

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  • This book stands at the intersection of recent work in historiography and the study of political culture in the early Middle Ages. It takes the autograph manuscript of a tenth-century monk, Richer, as a point of entry into the author's world, and asks how he and his contemporaries in the religious and intellectual community of Reims engaged in Frankish politics. By shifting focus from the events and actors that typically occupy centre stage in political theatre to the writing of history and its authors, it offers a sustained reflection on the relationship between politics and history. As a case study it aims, ultimately, to articulate possibilities for the study of early medieval politics and, at the same time, to provide a model for a type of historical inquiry in which the development of questions and the exploration of possibilities stand more prominent than the conclusions drawn from them.

    • Stands at the intersection of work in medieval historiography and the study of political culture
    • Presents a reading of one of the most important narrative sources from the tenth century, through a rare reading of a tenth-century author
    • Brings together paleographical and codicological study within a broader historical context
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521038126
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.533kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on the notes and other conventions
    List of abbreviations
    Part I. Religious and Intellectual Landscapes:
    1. Richer of Reims
    2. Cantor and canon at the cathedral of Reims
    3. Intellectual culture
    4. Monk at Saint-Remigius
    Part II. Political History:
    5. A Frankish civil war, 987–991
    6. Archbishop Gerbert of Reims, 981–988
    7. Richer and his narrative
    8. A tenth-century treasure
    Part III. Historian and Community, Past and Present:
    9. Flodoard of Reims
    10. Carolingians and Robertians, 888–929
    11. The contested see of Reims, 925–948
    12. Kingship and community
    Epilogue: a curious journey

  • Author

    Jason Glenn, University of Southern California
    Jason Glenn is Assistant Professor of History, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

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