Late Merovingian France: History and Hagiography by Paul Fouracre, Richard A. Gerberding

By Paul Fouracre, Richard A. Gerberding

This selection of files in translation brings jointly the seminal resources for the past due Merovingian Frankish state. It inteprets the chronicles and saint's lives carefully to bare new insights into the character and value of sanctity, strength and tool relationships. The ebook makes to be had a number seventh- and early 8th-century texts, 5 of that have by no means prior to been translated into English. It opens with a broad-ranging clarification of the historic heritage to the translated texts after which each one resource is followed via a whole remark and an introductory essay exploring its authorship, language and subject material. The resources are wealthy within the aspect of Merovingian political existence. Their topics are the strong in society they usually exhibit the winning interaction among energy and sanctity, a technique which got here to underpin a lot of eu tradition in the course of the early center a while.

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Jahrhunderts (Berlin, 1981). See also I. Wood, The Merovingian Kingdoms 450–751 (London, 1994), pp. 293–303, for the development of trade in the North Sea region. 74 E. James, ‘Cemeteries and the problem of Frankish settlement in Gaul’, in P. ), Names, Words and Graves. Early Medieval Settlement (Leeds, 1978), provides an excellent critique of traditional approaches. 75 E. James develops his critique of cemetery archaeology in ‘Burial and Status in the Early Medieval West’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, fifth series, 39 (1989).

Hagiography has long been a subject of interest because it is basic to the culture of sanctity in Western European society, and hagiography not only records but also constructs this socio-religious phenomenon. It was of interest too to secularist, positivist historians of the late nineteeenth and early twentieth centuries who, as we have seen, were W. Davies and P. ), The Settlement of Disputes in Early Medieval Europe (Cambridge, 1986), and on the formulae in documents which granted immunity, P.

92 To privilege the text in this way invites us to go further and ask whether literary criticism might actually be more useful to us as a tool for analysing the texts than the traditional approach of the historian. 93 This view calls for the critical examination of texts in terms of linguistic analysis in order to explore their meaning to the fullest possible extent. It further invites us to examine all kinds of texts and other sources of information on the basis that social being is constituted through language, and therefore all thought and social interaction, past and present, should be analysed in linguistic terms.

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