Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
An Empire of Memory$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Matthew Gabriele

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199591442

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591442.001.0001

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 30 November 2015

The Franks' Imagined Empire

(p.97) 4 The Franks' Imagined Empire
An Empire of Memory

Matthew Gabriele (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 opens by considering what was meant by ‘empire’ in the early Middle Ages. The ninth‐century Franks fundamentally defined the idea for subsequent generations, positing themselves inclusively as a populus christianus (Christian people). This idea survived, in large part, because it was adopted and spread in the different legends of the Christian Last Emperor—each, in their own way, tremendously popular in the tenth- and eleventh‐century West. The Charlemagne and Last Emperor legends began to merge. Sacred history was now framed by the Franks, the standard-bearers of Christian imperial glory in both past and future.

Keywords:   empire, Carolingians, Last Emperor, Pseudo‐Alcuin, Annales Altahenses, christomimesis, apocalypticism

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .