IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1517: Shaping the Past after the Carolingian Empire, I: Regino of Prüm

Thursday 5 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:After Empire: Using & Not Using the Past in the Crisis of the Carolingian World, c. 900-1050
Organiser:Alice Hicklin, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Moderator/Chair:Graeme Ward, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Respondent:Elina Screen, Trinity College, University of Oxford
Paper 1517-aAdvice for a King in an Age of Crisis: Regino of Prüm and Louis the Child
(Language: English)
Eric J. Goldberg, Department of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1517-bThe Oath in the Chronicle of Regino of Prüm
(Language: English)
Heiko Behrmann, Freidrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Literacy and Orality, Politics and Diplomacy

The rise and fall Charlemagne’s empire dominated the work of Regino of Prüm, the last great Carolingian historian. Regino’s Chronicle provides us with our essential account of the events that led to the fracturing of the empire in 888. Ideas of legitimacy, imperial succession, good and bad governance, political cause and effect: these themes in Carolingian history reveal much about their role in post-Carolingian politics too. This session examines how this remarkable author represented the past, reflecting his anxieties, hopes and concerns in the new political reality of the post-imperial world.