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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Barbara Rogers-Gardner Translation. The most comprehensive contemporaneous record of the rise and fall of the Carolingian Empire.

Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 23rd by University of Michigan Press first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Carolingian Chronicles , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Carolingian Chronicles. Lists with This Book.

Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 30, Neil rated it it was amazing. The Royal Frankish Annals are an important, but somewhat dry, year by year account of the Carolingian period, reminiscent of the Anglo Saxon Chronicles.

Nithard is the grandson of the emperor Charlemagne and his histories cover the turbulent period of Louis' ascension and reign, but are written in a more literary fashion. Scholz provides a much needed english translation, scholarly introduction and notes. Dec 04, Matthew rated it really liked it.

Bleakest closing line ever: "I mention this because rapine and wrongs of every sort were rampant on all sides, and now the unseasonable weather killed the last hope of any good to come.

May 18, Robert Monk rated it really liked it. I do love this kind of thing, so I enjoyed this a great deal. This volume consists of decent translations of two original sources of Carolingian history: the Royal Frankish Annals, and Nithard's Histories. Together, they go through about a hundred years of Frankish history, as seen by near- or actual contemporaries. The introduction is pretty good, too.

This isn't the place to start studying Charlemagne and his successors, but a good volume to have at hand as you're reading other history books a I do love this kind of thing, so I enjoyed this a great deal. This isn't the place to start studying Charlemagne and his successors, but a good volume to have at hand as you're reading other history books about the period.

It's always interesting to have an author quote a passage from one of these original sources, then go back and read it for yourself, along with that passage's context. I've no doubt that it would be even more interesting in the original Latin, but alas, I have no gift for languages so I'm left with translations.

Feb 10, Gary Newman rated it really liked it. So interesting to see how they and the Popes encountered and dealt with what Charlemagne left behind.

Left me wanting to know more, especially when I found out about Charles the Fat Jul 15, Walt rated it liked it Shelves: history-medieval. The book includes two separate chronicles. The first is the Royal Frankish Annals roughly covering The second part is Nithard's Chronicle covering Both appear to be more like propaganda than histories.

Nithard in particular, was attached to the court of Charles the Bald, so his chronicle turns Lothar into a villain, and Charles into a humble ruler. The chronicles are a little skimpy, even by Medieval standards.

There is not mu The book includes two separate chronicles. There is not much description of society, law, customs, or much of anything except double-cross and triple-cross by the major actors. The RFA appears to have been instigated in the reign of Charlemagne.

Historians point to the Carolingian Renaissance as a time of culture rising out of the Dark Ages. Really flickering, as the light went out rapidly after Charlemagne died. Literature was certainly a key component of his reign. There is no mention of social upheaval.

The RFA presents a seamless transition. Considering that much of the era was characterized by powerful lords seeking more power, the displacement of one regime for another would almost certainly have triggered war. There are signs of war. Pepin and Charlemagne spend a large part of the mid-8th Century consolidated oath breakers in various parts of the empire before going on to invade and conquer German tribes - a quest that occupied Charlemagne for his long reign.

What can readers pick out of the annual or biannual campaigns against the oath breakers and relapsed heretics of the Saxon German tribes? The RFA does not say anything beyond championing the Carolingians.

There are glimpses of further intrigue. Readers are certain to want more information about the popes who were appear as either petty tyrants or pitiful victims. Scholz does give a lot of useful information in the endnotes if readers bother with them. Rome was strife with political violence.

The blinding and banishment of Pope Leo shortly before Charlemagne came to his aide probably had much to do with his subsequent crowning as emperor. Again, the RFA comes off as propaganda rather than objective history. Charles the Bald may have had similar intentions when he appointed Nithard to write his chronicle.

Charles was engaged in warfare against his brother s. It is not clear how Charles and Louis got along prior to their alliance against Lothar; but it appears that there was a three-sided conflict if not open warfare between the three parties. The Chronicle goes to lengths to vilify Lothar.

It is clear that Lothar sought to become the next emperor. But then again, everyone had sworn that as eldest son, he would become emperor. Scholtz observes that Lothar was the power behind Louis the Pious in his latter years. So Lothar had motive to bring his brothers into the imperial fold. The truth remains hazy. An inconclusive battle resulted in a relatively stable peace and dismemberment of the empire.

Of course, the authors of the two chronicles have strong biases that shine through. I am doubtful of the constant annual or more frequent betrayal and wantonness of the Saxons, or even Lothar, whom Nithard blamed for the Carolingian Civil War. Obviously, much has to be taken with some skepticism. The authors do show that Carolingian society was organized in some fashion with some sense of a bureaucracy that enabled it to maintain a powerful war machine.

Casual readers will probably see Charlemagne as little more than another warlord who had one advantage over his long-standing rivals like Tassilo and Widikund - literacy. Readers more knowledgeable in Medieval History will probably see a new side to the Carolingian Renaissance - propaganda. Oct 12, Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves: classics. As a book to read for the general reader this is a two star.

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Carolingian Chronicles: Royal Frankish Annals and Nithard's Histories

Their authorship is unknown, though Wilhelm von Giesebrecht suggested that Arno of Salzburg was the author of an early section of the Annales Laurissenses majores surviving in the copy at Lorsch Abbey. The Annals are believed to have been composed in successive sections by different authors, and then compiled. The depth of knowledge regarding court affairs suggests that the annals were written by persons close to the king, and their initial reluctance to comment on Frankish defeats betrays an official design for use as Carolingian propaganda. Copies of the annals can be categorized into five classes, based on additions and revisions to the text.


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