I’m Back! Er, Maybe? This is a Request for Carolingian Assistance

26 Nov

So I’ve been pretty much absent since early 2015 and would certainly blame nobody for having removed me from his or her reading list. I think a brief explanation is in order for this.

I began a new position in 2014, one which involved administrative duties. I wasn’t too far along doing this when I realized I would have to drop something. Unfortunately, blogging ended up being the choice. I was still reading about Medieval History and finished up my Early Christianity effort earlier this year. But even my reading pace slowed.

Why might things be changing? I am retiring at the end of this year. I don’t know for sure if I’ll resume blogging. I know my reading has increased tremendously just since I announced this. It looks as if I’ll read more books than I have since 2013. And I feel a tickle – not an overwhelming urge but a tickle. Right now I’m reading Theodulf of Orleans’ poems and have just finished his Ad Carolum Regum. A lot of Theodulf is monstrously overwritten and just a slog but not this one where he discusses the Carolingian Court of Charlemagne and names names. In particular he spends some time on Wibod, whoever he is (did I attend a Kalamazoo paper covering this?). This is more good-natured but Wibod is heavy and evidently lacking in social graces. Then there’s “The Irishman” or “The Irish midget.” Theodulf is not in his Happy Place when it comes to this guy. Anyway, I could see myself coming across Carolingian material and wanting to post.

Request for Assistance

When I finished Early Christianity I had two choices; Anglo-Saxon or Carolingian. Now there’s a little overlap – Alcuin anyone? But I wanted a direction and decided to go to the continent.

So I’ve read a few things on the Carolingians. Several sources and probably a dozen or so secondary books, 15 or so years ago. When I started on this I gave a little thought to how I wanted to go about it. I have a few unread secondary sources – is 19 “a few?” – but the most recent was published in 2012. I am very out of date. I decided I wasn’t going to begin by reading these older books and I didn’t want to dive in by buying a lot of expensive books before I knew what I wanted to do.

So I decided I was going to try to get my greedy fingers on every Carolingian English source translation I could find. Once I get through reading those I’ll start digging through my lists for more interpretive books – in addition to reading I keep getting catalogues and book lists from publishers.

So my request is this: I’ll list all of the Carolingian sources I have. If you are aware of a significant source that I am missing, please mention this in the comments. Some of what I’ll list are collections and I won’t be listing every source contained within these.

What I have:

Paul Dutton, ed., Carolingian Civilization: A Reader. Peterborough: Broadview Press (1993). ISBN: 978-155111-0035. I listed this first because for anyone wanting to get started, it’s a great first step. I had read it 20 years ago and I re-read it so I could jot down any sources I wanted fuller versions of.

Dhuoda, Carol Neel, trans., Handbook for William: A Carolingian Woman’s Counsel for Her Son. Washington: Catholic University of America Press (1999). ISBN: 978-081320-9388.

Einhard, Notker the Stammerer, Lewis Thorpe, trans., Two Lives of Charlemagne. New York: Penguin Books (1969). ISBN: 978-014044-2137.

Janet Nelson, trans., The Annals of St-Bertin: Ninth-Century Histories. Manchester: Manchester University Press (1991). ISBN: 978-0719034268.

MacLean, trans., History and Politics in Late Carolingian and Ottonian Europe: The Chronicle of Regino of Prum and Adalbert of Magdeburg. Manchester: Manchester University Press (2009). ISBN: 978-0719071355.

Constance Brittain Bouchard, ed., The Cartulary of Montier-en-Der, 666-1129. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (2004). ISBN: 978-0802088079.

Hincmar of Rheims, Rachel Stone and Charles West, trans., The Divorce of King Lothar and Queen Theutberga: Hincmar of Rheims’s De Divortio. Manchester: Manchester University Press (2016). ISBN: 978-0-7190-82962-2.

Timothy Reuter, trans., The Annals of Fulda: Ninth-Century Histories. Manchester: Manchester University Press (1992). ISBN: 978-0719034589.

Thomas F. X. Noble, trans. Charlemagne and Louis the Pious: Lives by Einhard, Notker, Ermoldus, Thegan, and the Astronomer. University Park: Pennsylvania University Press (2009). ISBN: 978-0271035734.

Paul Dutton, ed., Charlemagne’s Courtier: The Complete Einhard. North York: Higher Education University of Toronto Press (2008). ISBN: 978-1442601123.

Bernhard Walter Scholz, trans., Carolingian Chronicles: Royal Frankish Annals and Nithard’s Histories. The University of Michigan Press (1972). ISBN: 978-0472061860.

Galbert of Bruges, James Bruce Ross, trans., The Murder of Charles the Good. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (1982). ISBN: 978-0802064790.

Richer of Saint-Remi, Justin Lake, trans., Histories, Volume I. Cambridge: Harvard University Press (Dumbarton Oaks) (2011). ISBN: 978-0674060036.

Richer of Saint-Remi, Justin Lake, trans., Histories, Volume II. Cambridge: Harvard University Press (Dumbarton Oaks) (2011). ISBN: 978-0674061590.

McCormick, Michael, Charlemagne’s Survey of the Holy Land: Wealth, Personnel, and Buildings of a Mediterranean Church between Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Washington: Dumbarton Oaks (2011). ISBN: 978-0884023630. (the vast majority of this is interpretation, I doubt I read it as a source).

Theodore M. Andersson, trans., Theodulf of Orléans: The Verse. Andersson, trans. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2014). ISBN: 978-0866985017.

Hillgarth, ed., Christianity and Paganism, 350-750: The Conversion of Western Europe. University of Pennsylvania Press. 1985. ISBN: 978-0812212136.

H. R. Loyn and John Percival, eds., The Reign of Charlemagne. London: Edward Arnold Ltd (1975). ISBN: 9780-713158144.

Scottus Sedulius, Edward Gerard Doyls, trans., Sedulius Scottus: On Christian Rulers and The Poems. Binghampton: Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies (1983). ISBN: 978-0866980241.

Dales, ed., A Mind Intent on God: The Spiritual Writings of Alcuin of York – An Introduction. Hymns Ancient & Modern. 1984. ISBN: 978-1853115707.

David Herlihy, ed., The History of Feudalism. Humanities Press (1998). ISBN: 978-1573922814. Hasn’t arrived but is ordered.

Liudprand of Cremona, Paolo Squatriti, trans., The Complete Works of Liutprand of Cremona. Washington” Catholic University of America Press (2007). ISBN: 978-0813215068.

Abbo of Fleury, A. M. Peden, ed., Abbo of Fleury and Ramsey: Commentary on the Calculus of Victorius of Aquitaine. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2003). ISBN: 978-0197262603. Carolingian? Ottonian? Useful? Bought it at Kalamazoo in 2011 – who knows why. I’m not responsible when the book-buying urge comes over me.

Glyn Burgess, trans., The Song of Roland. New York: Penguin Books (1990). ISBN: 978-0140445329. Not sure if this should be Carolingian or 12th century but I’m listing it here.


The following are what I have on my wishlist but for one reason or other I don’t have them – book unavailable or, as in the case of Godman and Allott, for some reason the book sells for an exorbitant price in the US. For a couple I wonder if the covers were made using some of that Avar treasure late 9th century authors seemed so excited about.

Alcuin, Allott, trans. Alcuin of York, c. A.D. 732 to 804: His life and letters. William Sessions Ltd (1974). ISBN: 978-0900657214. I really want to get my grubby little fingers on this, it has a good chunk of his letters.

Godman, Peter, The Poetry of the Carolingian Renaissance. University of Oklahoma Press (1985). ISBN: 978-0715617694. Currently out of print. Where I have found it, it’s very high-priced.

Throop, trans. Hrabanus Maurus: De Universo Volume One. Medieval MS (2009). ASIN: B005D2XHWS.

Throop, trans. Hrabanus Maurus: De Universo Volume Two. Medieval MS (2009). ASIN: B005D2XHTQ. These are available but each volume is over $60 and supposedly largely mirrors Isidore of Seville’s Etymologies, which I have. So I haven’t bought them. Yet.

Lupes of Ferrières, Regenos, trans., The Letters of Lupus of Ferrières. Springer (2012). ISBN: 978-9401195003. Only available in Kindle. I don’t Kindle. Or Tweet. Or Tik (Tok?).

Monro, ed., Selections From The Laws Of Charles The Great. Kessinger Publishing (2010). ISBN: 978-1161492422. This is a grand total of 38 pages; I suspect I have most of the important documents elsewhere already.

Barlow, trans. Iberian Fathers, Volume 1: Writings of Martin of Braga, Paschasius of Dumium, and Leander of Seville. Catholic University of America Press (1969). ISBN: 978-0813200620. Not sure why I don’t own this already. Available and relatively inexpensive.

Bachrach, trans. ‘Annals’ of Flodoard of Reims, 919-966. University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division (2004). ISBN: 978-1442600010. Short – high price: page ratio. But will probably buy it eventually.

Dass, trans., Viking Attacks on Paris: The Bella Parisiacae Urbis of Abbo of Saint-germain-des-pres. Peeters Publishers (2007). ISBN: 978-9042919167. Another low page count book. Will likely buy some day.

Here’s another reason I may not blog. WordPress has gone to this idiotic block editor format. I have a site for work I put together in early 2020. I fought with it for about a week before begging to be able to use Classic editor. Work has a premium account so we could activate that – I ain’t paying for a premium account to blog. I tried to switch each of the above lists to a bulleted list format. No go. Supposedly you can switch with the free version but I haven’t been able to figure it out.

I appreciate any help you can give.

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One response to “I’m Back! Er, Maybe? This is a Request for Carolingian Assistance

  1. natebostian

    December 6, 2021 at 12:39 am

    I’m here because I’ve been driving back into Origen again, and was revisiting whether or not he castrated himself. That led me to your post on it, and then to your post on Origen and Rufinus and Jerome. In 2019 the Origen scholar Ilaria Ramelli put together a compendium on early Christian Universalism that deals with all of this in great depth, and is based on her 2013 monograph (which I do not have) which goes into even greater depth. I thought you might be interested in some of the current scholarship. So here’s a link:


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