Publication – Rutger Kramer, « Rethinking Authority in the Carolingian Empire. Ideals and Expectations during the Reign of Louis the Pious (813-828) »

By the early ninth century, the responsibility for a series of social, religious and political reforms had become an integral part of running the Carolingian empire. This became especially clear when, in 813/4, Louis the Pious and his court seized the momentum generated by their predecessors and broadened the scope of this correctio ever further. These reformers knew they constituted a movement greater than the sum of its parts; the interdependence of imperial authority and ecclesiastical reformers was driven by comprehensive, yet surprisingly diverse expectations.

Rutger Kramer

Taking this diversity as a starting point, this book takes a fresh look at these optimistic decades. Extrapolating from a series of detailed case studies rather than presenting a grand narrative, it offers new interpretations of contemporary theories of correctio, and shows the self-awareness of its main instigators as they pondered what it meant to be a good Christian in a good Christian empire.

Rutger Kramer, PhD is currently a post-doctoral researcher within the project Visions of Community (F42) at the Institute for Medieval Research in Vienna.

Informations pratiques :

Rutger Kramer, Rethinking Authority in the Carolingian Empire. Ideals and Expectations during the Reign of Louis the Pious (813-828), Amsterdam University Press, 2019. 278 pages, 23.4 x 15.6 cm. ISBN : 9789462982642. Prix : 105 euros.

Source : Amsterdam University Press

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