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Kurze, Friedrich, ed., Annales regni Francorum inde ab a. 741 usque ad a. 829, qui dicuntur Annales Laurissenses maiores et Einhardi (Hannover: Monumenta Germaniae Historica (Scriptores Rerum Germanicarum in Usum Scholarum Separatim Editi (SS rer. Germ) vol. 6)) Read this source online

Text name(s): Annales regni Francorum; Royal Frankish Annals

Number of pages of primary source text: 178


Dates: 741 - 829

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin


  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • Belgium
  • Europe
  • France
  • Germany


Record Types: 

  • Chronicle, Annals

Subject Headings: 

  • Carolingians
  • Clergy - Monks, Nuns, Friars
  • Clergy - Priests, Bishops, Canons
  • Early Germanic Peoples: Goths, Franks, etc.
  • Government
  • Historiography
  • Nobility / Gentry
  • Royalty / Monarchs
  • War - Military History


  • Index
  • Glossary
  • Introduction


The Royal Frankish Annals are an important source for the reign of Charlemagne. Written by at least three separate authors, one of whom was Einhard, biographer of Charlemagne, these annals recount the political and military history of Charlemagne’s reign. This edition also includes a Latin-Latin glossary of unusual terms.

This text is contained in the Monumenta Germaniae Historica, a useful compilation of primary sources, mainly from Germany and France, in the original language. The first volumes were published in 1826 under the auspices of the Deutsches Institut für Erforschung des Mittelalters, and volumes continue to be published to this day. The MGH is divided into five separate series: Scriptores (Writers); Leges (Laws); Diplomata (Documents); Epistolae (Letters); Antiquitates (Antiquities). Known for its rigorous and conscientious editing of medieval manuscripts, the MGH is an important tool for historians of the Middle Ages. This text appears as volume 6 of the Scriptores rerum Germanicarum in usum scholarum separatim editi (a collection of texts edited separately and intended for classroom use). A full text version of the MGH is also available online at

A modern English translation is available in Bernard Scholz and Barbara Rogers, eds. Carolingian Chronicles: Royal Frankish Annals and Nithard’s Histories, (Ann Arbor MI: U of Michigan P, 1972).

The text of this edition is available online in two parts. See the link above for the first part. To download the second part go to

Introduction Summary: 

The editor’s brief (19pp) Latin introduction discusses the authorship and dating of the works various continuations, and briefly summarizes their contents. The editor considers the manuscripts in which the text survives, and upon which his edition is based, noting textual variants and providing a stemma to illustrate his conclusions on textual transmission.

Cataloger: MCB, ses