• Approaches to the Frankish community in the Chronicle of Fredegar and Liber Historiae Francorum

    Author(s):
    Ricky Broome (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    History
    Subject(s):
    Cultural studies, European history, History and literature, Medieval history, Medieval literature
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Communal identity, Early medieval, Medieval chronicles, Medieval historiography, Merovingian
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6CK6P
    Abstract:
    The purpose of this paper is to examine the notion of Frankish community – that is, the communal identity of those living within the regnum Francorum – as it emerged, developed and changed during the seventh century and into the early-eighth. This examination will focus on two historical texts, the so-called Chronicle of Fredegar, composed c.660, and Liber Historiae Francorum, composed in 726/7. These sources and the approaches of their authors to community are particularly relevant when considering the idea of continuity in the seventh century precisely because, for all their differences, each of these authors presents a history of the Frankish kingdoms that focusses above all on the Franks themselves, an approach that differs significantly from those of earlier and later authors. The period in which they wrote, therefore, sits between two watersheds in how authors in the Frankish kingdoms presented their community, one at the turn of the seventh century and the other in the middle of the eighth century.
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    Please note, these are the publishers proofs. The published version should be consulted for citations, page numbers and corrected footnotes.
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