The 'Annals' of Flodoard of Reims, 919-966
This fascinating account is the principal source for a number of momentous political developments leading up to the millennium. These include struggles among the Carolingians, the rise of the Saxon dynasty in Germany, and various Viking and Magyar raids.
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- Series: Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures
- World Rights
- Page Count: 128 pages
- Dimensions: 5.9in x 0.4in x 8.8in
This is a very welcome addition to an excellent series. Flodoard's contemporary narrative is crammed with information about west Frankish politics in the tenth century, the expansionist raids of the Northmen of the Loire (under Ragenold) and Seine (under Rollo and William Longsword) and ecclesiastical affairs of Rheims itself, not least the extraordinary account of the Synod of Ingelheim in 948 which deposed and excommunicated Archbishop Hugh and reinstated Archbishop Artoldus. Fanning and Bachrach make this important and hitherto rather neglected text accessible for the first time in an admirably clear translation, augmented with helpful historical introduction and notes.
Rosamond McKitterick, Newnham College, University of Cambridge
Flodoard's work is not only one of the most important sources for the history of tenth-century Europe, but a fine example of the annalistic genre. It bears vivid witness to the complex, personal, and often brutal nature of the high-stakes political games of this period, which witnessed the slow demise of the Carolingian empire and the development of the kingdoms of Germany and France. Flodoard was himself deeply enmeshed in the events he recorded, and his account allows the reader to be caught up in the same action. Fanning and Bachrach's translation provides a trustworthy, well-annotated, and extremely useful tool for students of medieval history.
Thomas Head, Professor of History, Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Bernard S. Bachrach is Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. Among his recent books are Fulk Nerra, the Neo-Roman Consul, 987-1040 (University of California Press) and Early Carolingian Warfare: Prelude to Empire (University of Pennsylvania Press).
Steven Fanning is Associate Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of A Bishop and His World Before the Gregorian Reform: Hubert of Angers, 1006-1047 (American Philosophical Society) and Mystics of the Christian Tradition (Routledge).
Table of contents
List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Genealogies
Reims and the Annals of Flodoard
Flodoard of Reims
The Political Background to the Annals
The Middle Kingdom (Francia Media)
The West Frankish Kingdom (Francia Occidentalis)
The East Frankish Kingdom (Francia Orientalis)
The Second Fragmentation of the Carolingian Empire
The Events of Flodoard's Annals
Northern Powers: Flanders and the Northmen
Southern Powers: Aquitaine and the Duchy of Burgundy
Lotharingia and Germany
Upper Burgundy, Provence, and Italy
The "Feudal Revolution"
Notes to the Introduction
The Annals of Flodoard
Notes to the Translation
Subjects and Courses