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History, Scripture, and Authority in the Carolingian EmpireFrechulf of Lisieux$
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Graeme Ward

Print publication date: 2022

Print ISBN-13: 9780197267288

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197267288.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
History, Scripture, and Authority in the Carolingian Empire

Graeme Ward

British Academy

Frechulf of Lisieux’s Histories are one of the richest but least studied works of Carolingian historiography. This introductory chapter accounts for this neglect while also setting out a new framework for understanding Frechulf’s text. After outlining what is known about Frechulf’s life and ecclesiastical career, it establishes the foundations upon which the book’s main arguments rest. The Histories ought not to be understood as an unusual work of Carolingian historiography, but rather should be situated within the wider of context of Carolingian intellectual culture.

Keywords:   Frechulf of Lisieux, Intellectual Culture, Church Fathers, Carolingian Empire, Carolingian Historiography, Universal History

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