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So, the undigested and repetitive nature of some of the components of the first section of his work is out of keeping with his normal practice. The other two fragments are tiny; the first containing only a few barely legible words and the other no more than a handful of letters.

Chronicle of Fredegar

Chlodarius rex de austris postquam theoterichus et theodobertus reges et germani mortui sunt It has to be wondered cyronicle the lack of a section of narrative covering the years from to c.

None of them refer to events in the British Isles, which seems to have been beyond Fredegar’s vantage point.

It is reasonable to assume the same would have been true of this manuscript too: In the case of the Liber Generationis and the related lists, it has already been suggested that the list of chapter numbers and the divisions it involves was the product of a subsequent editorial process.

In addition to the continuous chronicle provided by Hydatius’s continuation of the Eusebius-Jerome, the Spanish scribe seems cjronicle have added a text of a consular dated chronicle written in Constantinople to his collection, even though it duplicated some of the events described in the chronicle sequence. This manuscript contained a compilation crhonicle texts, including fredefar pseudo-Gelasian de libris non accipiendis, the Parts of the famous praefatio, ed.

What is clear from the kind of judgements that Fredegar makes on the great men of the s and early s, not excluding king Dagobert I, is that he looked for particular virtues.

The Fourth Book of the Chronicle of Fredegar: With Its Continuations.

Part of the library of Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford d. For the suggestion that this manuscript was in Heidelberg in the early 17th century see below p.

The pricks and slits both are used are located about 3mm outside the outer margins. A series of up to five separate sections were thought to have been detected.

The unique six book structure indicated by the headings listed above must have resulted from treating the inserted De Cursu Temporum as a separate book in its own right.

Empire and Society Manchester, The manuscript presented here, Latin in the collections of the National Library of France, is the main source frdeegar the chronicle.

He has suggested that one author was responsible for the text upand that a different author probably wrote the additional chapters. It is possible to get a better sense of what it may have been like, in that from the gaps between the preserved sections of text, especially that between the bottom of the recto and the beginning of the verso, we can deduce that there was an average of six words to the line and that only some three lines would seem to be entirely missing from the top of the largest fragment.


He has proposed the new title Historia vel Gesta Francorum which occurs in the colophon mentioned above. Since the publication of Krusch’s study and edition, it has been accepted that these two manuscripts, MS Berne Burgerbibliothek and MS London, British Library Harleyderive from a single lost exemplar, and one is probably copied from the other.

Hellmann’s case was tacitly accepted by Wilhelm Levison in his revision and updating of Wilhelm Wattenbach’s Deutschlands Geschichtsquellen im Mitellalter. For example, that he probably lived some part of his life in the region of Burgundy has generally been accepted on the basis of his apparently detailed knowledge of and interest in aspects of its history.

Fredegar Chronicle – Brill Reference

These included the second list of the kings of Israel from Saul to Cyrus just mentioned, an account of the six days of Creation, yet another list of the descendents of Adam as far as Moses, together with the judges, prophets and kings of Israel this therefore being his third such table of the kingsa second list of the Fedegar and Ptolemaic monarchs, and similarly a further chronicoe of the Roman emperors, but this time extending up to the thirty first and last year of the reign of Heraclius Grimoald, who had been executed shortly before the compilation was being put together and whose career was potentially fatal to his family’s political rise, has been seen as an unlikely subject for praise if Fredegar was not in favour of the Arnulfing dynasty as a whole.

This was the chronicle of bishop Hydatius of Aquae Flaviae, the modern Chaves on the northern edge of Portugal, which ended its narrative in the year For many of these decades it provides a unique if not unprejudiced witness. How he proposed to subdivide the books is harder to answer. Thus, is Dagobert’s seventh year as well as being his father’s forty fifth. This would produce a probable figure of twenty six long lines to the page.

When Bruno Krusch published the first detailed study of the work and its manuscripts inbefore editing it inhe argued that the compilation in the form we now have it was the work of three or possibly four separate contributors. There are sixty two chapters in the list and they extend to include the section of tales relating to Theoderic and Justinian chapters 57 to The subject of the work and its dedication to the two abbots implies that its earliest dissemination would have been from both Bobbio and Luxeuil, and this might at least suggest that Fredegar had contact with one or other of these, and also that he was sympathetic to Columbanian monasticism.


This has been read as: It is more Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, ed. The Spanish scribe who made a copy of the composite chronicle of Eusebius-Jerome-Hydatius, may have also been the person who inserted a brief digression on the Balearic Islands into its text and added a few dates using the Spanish era, a chronology not employed by Hydatius. Another important component of Fredegar’s compilation that is included by him without any heading or title is the series of stories relating to non-Frankish figures, notably the Gothic king Theoderic and the Eastern Roman emperor Justinian I and his general Belisarius.

In Lindsay mistakenly gave its provenance as Clermont Cathedral, and this error was perpetuated by Lesne in Siegmund Hellmann approached the problem by means of a linguistic analysis of Books Two to Four, which produced philological support for a modified version of Krusch’s original view on the four possible authors.

The Fourth Book of the Chronicle of Fredegar: With Its Continuations. by J.M. Wallace-Hadrill

He often preserved credible details not to be found in other contexts. This is not a feature of other class 3 manuscripts, and so may have come about in consequence of confusion: As Book Three was never used in any of the ninth century compilations that added short sections excerpted from Fredegar to other historical works, there seems to be no reason to doubt that we have in these meagre scraps all that now remains of what was once a Class Three manuscript of the whole Fredegar compilation.

All too often those sources, while their existence may easily be deduced, have neither survived themselves nor made any impact on the work of others.

These correspond with the quire structure of the codex: The similarities and the differences in the headings and the structure they imply between on the one hand the Paris codex, the only complete manuscript of what Krusch designated as Class One, and on the other hand the five extant manuscripts that belong to his Classes Two and Three, might lead to the following conclusions.

Its revised eighth century version also contributes to the better understanding of political attitudes and the constraints placed on the writing of historical narratives in the early Carolingian period. The Novel in the Ancient World, ed. While it is possible that Paul picked up his version of the tale while in Francia in the s, it is likely that this and the other stories about Theoderic, Justinian and Heraclius had reached Fredegar from or via Italy.

The quires are composed of bifolia placed with smooth side facing hair side, with the inner folding being of hair. So he had started his fourth regnal year.

Empire and Society Manchester,pp.

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