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Marianne Ailes on Charlemagne in Berlin

It was a particular pleasure to be talking about Charlemagne in Germany at the recent Texts in Transit Conference held in the Sonderforshungsbereich ‘Episteme in Bewegung’ of the Freie Universität in Berlin. My paper, looking at the way Charlemagne narratives were disseminated in the multilingual context of the medieval British…

Karen Pratt on a new translation of the Oxford Roland by Simon Gaunt and Karen Pratt (Oxford World’s Classics).

In The Song of Roland and Other Poems of Charlemagne our aim was to produce lively prose translations, which, especially in the case of the Oxford Roland, pay attention to epic rhythm and style, in an attempt to recreate some of the excitement of aural reception. We have also…

Matthew Bailey on Charlemagne and His Legend in Early Spanish Literature and Historiography

The historical point of departure for this volume is Charlemagne’s ill-fated incursion into Spain in 778. Its six essays explore the legendary narratives of the Spaniards who defeated Charlemagne’s army and the larger textual and cultural context of his presence in Spain, from before their careful elaboration in Latin and…

Q & A with Professor Sif Rikhardsdottir ahead of her Northern Scholars Lecture

Later this week Sif Rikhardsdottir (University of Iceland) will be speaking about ‘Poetic Voice and Interior Emotionality in Old Norse Literature’, at the University of Edinburgh in the Northern Scholars Lecture series. Professor Rikhardsdottir is the lead member of the Charlemange: A European Icon team for Charlemagne in Scandinavia, and…

An Earlier European Union and a European Foundation Myth

On Christmas Day 800, Charlemagne, King of the Franks, was crowned emperor of a revived ‘Roman’ Empire. As such he ruled over a large part of Western Europe including what is now France, Germany, the Low Countries and northern Italy. His coronation by the Pope in Rome underlined both the…

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