IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1039: The Present of the Past: The Merovingian and Carolingian Legacy in the Later Middle Ages

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Daisy Delogu, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Chicago, Illinois
Moderator/Chair:Craig D. Taylor, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Paper 1039-aPrimat's Roman aux roys and the Vernacularization of History in 13th-Century Saint-Denis
(Language: English)
Anne-Hélène Miller, Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Local History, Political Thought
Paper 1039-bPromoting Merovingian Memory under the First Valois: Using the Example of the Miracle de Clovis, mid-14th Century
(Language: English)
Sarah Olivier, Unité d’histoire médiévale, Université de Genève
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Performance Arts - Drama, Political Thought
Paper 1039-cCharlemagne and the University of Paris in the Later Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Daisy Delogu, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Chicago, Illinois
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Political Thought
Abstract

This panel will examine how French authors of the 13th through 15th centuries remembered the Merovingian and Carolingian past to serve their present moment. Primat’s Roman aux roys (1274) diffused historical understanding among a vernacular reading public well before its incorporation into the Grandes Chroniques de France. Miracle plays performed in Paris in the 14th century, such as ‘The Miracle of Clovis’, attached the besieged Valois kings to their Merovingian forebears. During the reign of the mad King Charles VI (1380-1422) authors credited Charlemagne with the foundation of the University of Paris, thereby rooting a contemporary institution in a prestigious Carolingian past.