• Approaches to Community in the Frankish Kingdoms c.650-800: Continuity and Change

    Author(s):
    Ricky Broome (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Group(s):
    Early Medieval, History
    Subject(s):
    Middle Ages, Europe, History, Historiography, Literature and history
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Internation Medieval Congress 2013
    Conf. Org.:
    Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
    Conf. Loc.:
    Leed, UK
    Conf. Date:
    01/07/2013 - 04/07/2013
    Tag(s):
    Carolingian, Merovingian, 6th to 10th century, European history, History and literature, Medieval history
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6K22V
    Abstract:
    This paper considers how the narratives composed by seventh- and eighth-century authors reflect conceptions of one of the communities of which the authors were a part; the community of the regnum Francorum. I will focus on five historical authors who particularly embody the developments which took place in these centuries: the compiler of the so-called Chronicle of Fredegar, who worked around the year 660; the author of Liber Historiae Francorum, composed in 727; the continuator of Fredegar’s Chronicle, writing around 768; and the first contributors to Annales Regni Francorum and Annales Mettenses Priores, who wrote in the two decades either side of 800. The community these authors envisioned was Frankish and was composed of Franks, but while this represents an important point of continuity, what it actually meant changed over time. In order to assess this change I shall attempt to answer three questions: what were the most important features of the community of the regnum Francorum?; what was the role of the rulers of this community?; and what was the nature of the relationship between Franks and non-Franks?
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