By David Bates, Julia Crick, Sarah Hamilton
Biography is likely one of the oldest, hottest and most foresightful of literary varieties. might be the easiest attested narrative type of the center a long time, it keeps to attract smooth historians of the medieval interval to its atypical problem to explicate the overall during the specific: the biographer's judgements to impose or to withstand the imposition of order on biographical remnants bring up matters which visit the center of ancient process. This assortment, compiled in honour of a individual glossy exponent of the artwork of biography, comprises 16 essays via prime students which research the bounds and probabilities of the style for the interval among 750AD and 1250AD. starting from pivotal figures equivalent to Charlemagne, William the Conqueror and St Bernard, to the nameless lady skeleton in an Anglo-Saxon grave, from kings and queens to clerks and saints, and from person to the collective biographies, this assortment investigates either medieval biographical writings, and the problems surrounding the writing of medieval lives. Professor DAVID BATES is Director of the Institute of historic learn; Dr JULIA CRICK and Dr SARAH HAMILTON train within the division of historical past on the collage of Exeter. participants: JANET L. NELSON, ROBIN FLEMING, BARBARA YORKE, RICHARD ABELS, SIMON KEYNES, PAULINE STAFFORD, ELISABETH VAN HOUTS, DAVID BATES, JANE MARTINDALE, CHRISTOPHER HOLDSWORTH, LINDY supply, MARJORIE CHIBNALL, EDMUND KING, JOHN GILLINGHAM, DAVID CROUCH, NICHOLAS VINCENT
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Constantia’ (‘his intellectual qualities, his extraordinary strength of character’). Animi dotes and constantia import strong moral connotations here. Einhard clearly imitated and adapted Suetonius in ways that require deciphering before we can exploit. He 15 16 17 18 19 Foucault, The Foucault Reader, 356, 358, 362. VK, c. 25, 30. L. Thorpe, Einhard and Notker the Stammerer. Two Lives of Charlemagne, Harmondsworth 1969, 79. My late colleague Julian Brown, who knew more than most about early medieval palaeography, would wonder aloud if the writing Charlemagne practised was Caroline minuscule.
But it’s our job – our craft – to insist that all these necessary facts are timebound. They need to be historicised. 13 Or not passed, we would have to add, in Charlemagne’s case, for if some of his wakeful nights were spent agonising over which of his estates would pass to whom, that was because he had also in mind unmarried daughters, who were also unmarried mothers, and little bastard children and grandchildren. This royal paterfamilias decided that church property would have to provide for most of his offspring, in the end.
Hill, Manchester 2001, 264. M. Foucault, in P. Rabinowicz, The Foucault Reader, London 1991, 342. 18 JANET L. ’15 But I am struck by the way that Foucault, after each of these remarks, leapt from antiquity to the sixteenth century. Though Charlemagne and his elite contemporaries were as fascinated as Foucault was by Late Antiquity, frankly I am not sure that they would ever have been Foucault’s quarry; for he saw the medieval Church as wielding a pastoral power which took over the care of souls and so left minimal space for the souci de soi, and for the laity only self-renunciation.