The Charlemagne Legend in Medieval Latin Texts

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Cover of The Charlemagne Legend
Release Date2016-10-21
PublisherBoydell & Brewer
EAN/ISBN978-1843844488
Editor(s)William J. Purkis and Matthew Gabriele
SummaryThis book explores the multiplicity of ways in which the Charlemagne legend was recorded in Latin texts of the central and later Middle Ages, moving beyond some of the earlier canonical “raw materials,” such as Einhard's Vita Karoli Magni, to focus on productions of the eleventh to fifteenth centuries. A distinctive feature of the volume’s coverage is the diversity of Latin textual environments and genres that the contributors examine in their work, including chronicles, liturgy and pseudo-histories, as well as apologetical treatises and works of hagiography and literature. Perhaps most important, the book examines the“many lives” that Charlemagne was believed to have lived by successive generations of medieval Latin writers, for whom he was not only a king and an emperor but also a saint, a crusader, and, indeed, a necrophiliac.