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Kurze, Friedrich, ed., Annales Fuldenses sive Annales Regni Francorum Orientalis (Hannover: Monumenta Germaniae Historica (Scriptores Rerum Germanicarum in Usum Scholarum Separatim Editi (SS rer. Germ) vol. 7)) Read this source online

Text name(s): Annales Fuldenses sive Annales regni Francorum orientalis; Annals of Fulda or Annals of the Kings of the Eastern Franks

Number of pages of primary source text: 138


Dates: 838 - 901

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin


  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • France
  • Germany

County/Region: Fulda; Hesse

Record Types: 

  • Chronicle, Annals

Subject Headings: 

  • Carolingians
  • Clergy - Monks, Nuns, Friars
  • Clergy - Priests, Bishops, Canons
  • Diplomacy
  • Early Germanic Peoples: Goths, Franks, etc.
  • Government
  • Historiography
  • Royalty / Monarchs
  • Towns / Cities
  • Vikings
  • War - Chivalry


  • Index
  • Glossary
  • Introduction


The work’s multiple authors include Einhard, biographer of Charlemagne, for the years until 838, and Rudolf, a monk of Fulda for the years until 864. The Annals are a major source for Carolingian rule from Louis the Pious onwards, including the division of the Frankish Empire by the Treaty of Verdun (843), and the subsequent political and military fortunes of the Eastern Frankish Empire. This edition also includes a Latin-Latin glossary of unusual words.

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 7 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 Timothy Reuter, ed. The Annals of Fulda, (Manchester: Manchester UP, 2000).

Introduction Summary: 

The editor’s brief (13pp) Latin introduction discusses the authorship and sources of the work. The editor notes that the entries for the years 714-830 seem to be largely based on the Royal Frankish Annals, but that for the years following the entries are largely original. The editor briefly summarizes the contents of the Annals, and discusses the manuscripts in which the text survives, and upon which this edition is based.

Cataloger: MCB