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Perceptions of the Past in the Early Middle Ages (ND Conway Lectures in Medieval Studies) Paperback – October 15, 2006
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"As perceptive as it is learned, Rosamond McKitterick's book unpicks the complex web of Frankish perceptions of the past. Christian universal history and Roman imperial biography, Roman martyrologies and burial customs, pilgrimage accounts and annalsthese and other threads are traced, sorted, and made to reveal fascinating information about lay and clerical, local and imperial experiences, attitudes, and ideologies. McKitterick deftly transforms texts that previous scholars have usually dismissed into clues from which she draws cogent arguments. This study of historical imaginations in the past is itself a model of imaginative history." Anthony Grafton, Princeton University
"What McKitterick calls the 'explosion of historical writing in the Carolingian age marked the dawn of a radically new and lasting culture in Europe and disclosed the mind-sets of its creators. Yet, in many cases, published editions deform the texts, not least by omissions, and obscure what Frankish authors actually wrote. Building on her internationally acclaimed studies of oral and written communication in the early Middle Ages, McKitterick goes back to manuscript sources. She discovers what Carolingians actually wrote as she advances a compelling new key to the catalysts of Europes historical identity and how they did their work." Karl F. Morrison, Lessing Professor of History and Poetics, Rutgers University
"Rosamond McKitterick is one of the three or four top early medieval historians in the world. This book makes an original and distinctive contribution to our understanding of how people in the early Middle Ages imagined the various pasts that lay behind them. McKitterick's treatment of universalizing histories is fresh and goes further than the work of her predecessors . . . her treatment of Rome in the Carolingian mind is original and really important, and her last chapter permits some fascinating insights into how contemporary events became historical, became history." Thomas F. X. Noble, University of Notre Dame
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