This collection of documents in translation brings together the seminal sources for the late Merovingian Frankish kingdom. It inteprets the chronicles and saint's lives rigorously to reveal new insights into the nature and significance of sanctity, power and power relationships. The book makes available a range of 7th- and early 8th-century texts, five of which have never before been translated into English. It opens with a broad-ranging explanation of the historical background to the translated texts and then each source is accompanied by a full commentary and an introductory essay exploring its authorship, language and subject matter. The sources are rich in the detail of Merovingian political life. Their subjects are the powerful in society and they reveal the successful interplay between power and sanctity, a process which came to underpin much of European culture throughout the early Middle Ages.
Paul Fouracre is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Manchester
The 7th century in its historical context; sources and historians - hagiography and history; Merovingian Latin - the language of the sources; "Liber Historiae Francorum" (The Book of the History of the Franks); "Vita Domnae Balthildis" (The Life of Lady Balthild, Queen of the Franks); "Vita Audoini Episcopi Rotomagensis" (The Life of Audoin, Bishop of Rouen); "Acta Aunemundi" (The Deeds of Aunemund); "Passio Leudegarii" (The Suffering of St. Leudegar); "Passio Praejecti" (The Suffering of Praejectus); "Vita Sanctae Geretrudis" (The Life of Saint Geretrud), and the "Additamentum Nivialense de Fuilano" (The Nivelles Supplement to the "Vita Fursei" Concerning Foillan); the first section of "Annales Mettenses Priores" (The Earlier Annals of Metz).
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