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In general the evidence seems to suggest that Fredegar himself intended a dividing up of the contents of the compilation into four or more likely five books, but this was never completed. He often preserved credible details not to be found in other contexts. A five book structure may therefore have been envisaged by Fredegar but not achieved in practice.

Thus he added to Gregory of Tour’s brief mention of the sack of Trier by the Franks around a tale of how a Fredehar senator called Lucius betrayed the city out of a desire for revenge on the emperor Avitus who had raped his wife. When you are done browsing please remember to return to this page and log out. This makes it harder to be sure how original most of what are thought to be Fredegar’s own contributions might be, as it is clear that his method of working involved both the extensive excerpting of existing sources and the interweaving of materials of different origins into other author’s works.

Date Created Around – One folio is missing between numbered folios 85 and 86 in quire 11, and there may originally have been another four folios in the final quire. In the compilation as we have it these two texts stand side by side, with no trace of an Isidoran section between them. Krusch in his critical edition, appends these extra chapters to the text of the Codex Claromontanus creating the false impression that the two parts originate from the same frdegar.

They are not only abridged but also interpolated with ffedegar phrases and small sections of text taken from other sources, very few chrnoicle which can now emperor Commodus is said to be both 12 years, eight months and 24 days ibid. Particularly notable in the final section of his compilation are the numerous reports of events that occurred beyond the frontiers of Francia. But as this latter fredegaf seems to have derived its text of the chronicle via a lost intermediary dated to the second year cronicle the Lombard king Rothari i.

DigitalCommons University of Nebraska – Lincoln. This manuscript contained a compilation of texts, including the pseudo-Gelasian de libris non accipiendis, the Parts of the famous praefatio, ed.

Codices Reginenses Latini 2 vols Vatican, and The chronicle then continues for another twenty chapters covering events in Francia up to the year Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The Date of Composition and the Contents One thing that seems nearly certain is that the work as we have it has not been preserved in its intended final form. It was once generally thought that he must have been a half-brother of Charles Martel, and thus the son of the latter’s mother Alpaida by some other liaison.


The same happens in the case of the epitome of the first six books of the Histories of Gregory of Tours, which is further shortened but also augmented by our compiler.

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

However, some of the other items within his compilation have proved of greater value. It is possible that several of these legendary pieces came from a single source, the contents of which were then inserted by Fredegar into different sections of his work in more or less the appropriate chronological location. Tironian notes; details not recorded.

As just mentioned his penchant for inserting small items of new or supplementary information into the texts, as well as abridging them is one of his most distinctive features as an author or editor. 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.

Then around the year yet a third contributor, ‘C’, took chrknicle two predecessors’ composite work and interpolated various sections of new material into it, principally referring to events that had taken place outside Francia, but also including treatment of some internal events with a more pronouncedly pro-Austrasian character than the had fredegarr the case in the previous chroniclee of the work.

Of Frankish authors it is only Fredegar who records this location for Amalaric’s death. Written in Metz, it was in the library of St. Chronivle stop abruptly in the ninth chapter of the final book, while in the middle of the story of the conversion of the wife of the shah of Iran.

Zur Interpretation von Fredegarii Continuatio hcronicle.

All of this complex argument contradicted the previous general view, admittedly based on no close textual analysis, that the whole compilation was the work of a single individual. The drawing on f. It is clear from this that he was capable of performing complex editorial operations on his materials, cutting them or expanding them as seemed right to him, and always maintaining a clear chronological development.

It used to be thought that rfedegar of the numerous texts said to be written by him were the work of a Roman deacon called Hippolytus, who may have been an dredegar and who died in exile under the emperor Maximin Ibut there is now a general scholarly recognition that there could be up to seven different early Christian authors of this name, working at different times and places, and that some of these might also be identical to as many as four martyrs of the same name.

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It might be asked if the textual transmission of the De Cursu Temporum can throw any light on the date and location of this scribe. The manuscript used to consist of folios, but numbers 3 to 26 were detached inand are now preserved as 12 separate bifolia. Up to that time it had been assumed that a sixteenth century note in an eleventh century manuscript from Saint-Omer, which assigned authorship of the work to a certain ‘archdeacon Fredegar’, was the earliest linking of the name with this text.

In the case of the Liber Generationis and the related lists, it has already been suggested that the list frefegar chapter numbers and the divisions it involves was the product of a subsequent editorial process. A letter from Richard Gerberding to J. This has been read as: To make this possible and to facilitate a better understanding of this important text more generally, it may be necessary to take the radical step of regarding what is normally treated as a single work, to which has been added some later phases of continuation, as actually being two quite separate texts, albeit containing several items in common in their contents.

So, it is not actually possible to be more precise than to suggest a date in a period ranging from about to This is the earliest testimony to the Chronnicle of Ercanbert, written c. Thus, is Dagobert’s seventh year as well as being his father’s forty fifth. In particular it is a virtually unique source for events in the Frankish kingdoms between the point at which the Ten Books of Histories of Gregory of Tours stop soon before his death inand its own abrupt ending in These additional sections are referred to as the Continuations.

History of the Franks by Frfdegar, Bishop of Tours, is the third of four “books” composing a Chronicle attributed to Fredegarius Scholasticus. A number of the episodes described relate to diplomatic relations, such as the short-lived betrothal in of the Visigothic princess Ermenberga to Theuderic II chronile Burgundy; an episode not reported Fredegar IV. Fredegar continues to use the regnal years of Chlotar II, even after the latter’s son Dagobert was made king of Austrasia in Because of the problems associated with its dating and the significance of the manuscript, a separate section on its dating is included here.

In consequence little notice has been taken of other changes elsewhere in the text, both in the form of removals and of additions, or of its restructuring as a three rather than four or five book work. The list of chapters corresponds exactly to the divisions in the text itself.