This volume brings together a set of articles by Professor Anton Scharer dealing with the themes of conversion, court culture and royal representation in Anglo-Saxon England and Carolingian Europe. It includes two previously unpublished papers, and another four specially translated into English for this publication. Three papers focus on different aspects of conversion: the spread of Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England by means of social relations, the role of language in this process and the monastic and social background of the insular mission to the Continent. With conversion came the import of Latin written culture, including charters, and one study focuses on royal styles in Anglo-Saxon charters. A second paper on early mediaeval royal diplomas, and what they at times reveal about very personal reactions and sentiments, leads to the theme of court culture. This is further explored in a batch of papers centred on Alfred the Great and covering the subjects of historiography, of inauguration rites or ordines, and of hitherto neglected personal contacts, as a clue to the transmission of experiences, ideas and texts. Closely linked are studies on the role of Charlemagne's daughters at their fathe's court and on objects of princely and royal representation. Throughout, particular attention is given to the examination of mutual, Anglo-Saxon and Carolingian, influences and to viewing the matters under discussion from an 'Anglo-Saxon' as well as a 'Continental' perspective.
Anton Scharer is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Vienna, Austria.
Contents: Introduction; The conversion of the Anglo-Saxon kings in the 7th and 8th century; The role of language in Bede's Ecclesiastical History; Insular mission to the continent in the early Middle Ages; The Gregorian tradition in early England; Die angelsachsischen Koenigreiche: Vielfalt und Einheit; Die intitulationes der angelsachsischen Koenige im 7. und 8. Jahrhundert; King Alfred and late Carolingian Europe; The writing of history at King Alfred's court; A new second `English' Ordo?; Alfred the Great and Arnulf of Carinthia: a comparison; The king's voice: on the expression of personal concern in early medieval diplomas; Charlemagne's daughters; Duke Tassilo of Bavaria and the origins of the Rupertus Cross; Objects of royal representation in England and on the Continent; Bishops in Ottonian Bavaria; Index.