The Construction of Ottonian Kingship
Antoni Grabowski
Narratives and Myth in Tenth-Century Germany
€ 105,00
ISBN:
9789462987234
Release date:
14-08-2018
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Edition:
Hardback
Pages:
336
Author:
Antoni Grabowski
Series:
The Construction of Ottonian Kingship
German historians long assumed that the German Kingdom was created with Henry the Fowler's coronation in 919. The reigns of both Henry the Fowler, and his son Otto the Great, were studied and researched mainly through Widukind of Corvey's chronicle Res Gestae Saxonicae. There was one source on Ottonian times that was curiously absent from most of the serious research: Liudprand of Cremona's Antapodosis. The study of this chronicle leads to a reappraisal of the tenth century in Western Europe showing how mythology of the dynasty was constructed. By looking at the later reception (through later Middle Ages and then on 19th and 20th century historiography) the author showcases the longevity of Ottonian myths and the ideological expressions of the tenth century storytellers.