IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1008: Historiography in Late Merovingian Gaul: Aspects and Problems of the Liber Historiae Francorum

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Birgit Kynast, Historisches Seminar, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Moderator/Chair:Ludger Körntgen, Historisches Seminar, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Paper 1008-aThe Chronology of a Narrative Source: Problems of an Old Edition
(Language: English)
Roland Zingg, Historisches Seminar, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Roland Zingg, Historisches Seminar, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1008-bGood King, Bad King?: Childerich I in Merovingian Historiography
(Language: English)
Birgit Kynast, Historisches Seminar, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Birgit Kynast, Historisches Seminar, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1008-c'Alia pro aliis referunt': The Liber historiae Francorum and Other Histories of the Time
(Language: English)
Helmut Reimitz, Department of History, Princeton University
Helmut Reimitz, Department of History, Princeton University
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

The Liber Historiae Francorum is the most recent of only three major historiographical sources surviving from Merovingian Gaul. It was not only the shortest, but also the most widespread and the most influential of these throughout the Middle Ages. Despite its shortness, the narrative structures and the chronology are not easy to understand. Due to its age and design, Krusch’s edition (dating from 1888) does not always provide much help for answering questions concerning content and chronology. The session shall shed some light on specific problems that are exemplary of that source and its edition.