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Dutton, Paul, ed., Carolingian Civilization: A Reader (Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures, Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview Press)

Text name(s): A List of Superstitions and Pagan Practices; The Correspondence of Boniface, Missionary and Martyr; The Coronation of Pepin the Short; The Reanointing of Pepin in 754; The Donation of Constantine; Pope Stephen Scolds Charlemagne and Carloman; Einhard's Life of Charlemagne; Pepin's Victory over the Avars; Epitaphs and Eulogies; The Equestrian Statue of Theoderic; The Lateran Palace of Pope Leo III; Charlemagne and Pope Leo; Capitularies; An Exhortation to the Faithful; The Iconodule Controversy in Francia; Theodulf and the Antique Vase; Six Short Poems by Theodulf; Theodulf of Orleans: Precepts for the Priests of his Diocese; Letters of Alcuin; Five Poems of Alcuin; Alcuin's Dialogue with Young Prince Pepin; Charlemagne's Division of his Kingdoms; The Diet of Aachen in 813; Lament on Charlemagne's Death; Thegan's Life of Louis; Benedict of Aniane: His Life and Times; The Ordinatio Imperii of 817; The Vision of the Poor Woman of Laon; Louis's Public Penance in 822; The Polyptyque of Saint-Germain-des-Pres; Agobard of Lyons and the Popular Belief in Weather Magic; Statutes of Adalhard of Corbie; A Royal judgment of Pepin in 828; Einhard and His Holy Relics: The Translatio; Claudius of Turin's Complaint; The Penitential of Halitgar; Saint-Riquier (Centula): Its Precious Goods; The Emperor Louis's Palace at Ingelheim; The Astronomer's Account of the Rebellions; Paschasius Radbertus's Defense of Wala; The Letters of Einhard; Rudolf of Fulda, The Life of Saint Leoba; The Final Days and Death of Louis the Pious; Nithard's History; Engelbert at the Battle of Fontenoy; The Treaty of Verdun, 843; Dhuoda's Advice to Her Son; Walahfrid Strabo's Little Garden; The Annals of Xanten for the Years 844 to 862; Gottschalk and the Predestination Controversy; The Epitaphs of Ermengard and Lothar; Sedulius Scottus, On Christian Rulers; Lothar II's Divorce; Otfrid of Weissenburg on Old High German; The Vision of Charlemagne; Letters of Lupus of Ferrieres; The Wandering Monks of Saint-Philibert; A Judicial Dispute in the Loire Valley; A Charter of Immunity from Charles the Bald; Saint Remi's Protection of People and Property; The Coronation of Charles the Bald as King of Lotharingia; Eriugena's Periphyseon: the Beginning and End; Eriugena's Homily; Wulfadus's Library; Wulfadus Goes to Court; Charles the Bald Grants a Benefice; The Capitulary of Quierzy; The Death of Charles the Bald; The Annals of Saint-Vaast for the Years; The Song of Louis: Ludwigslied; Abbo's Account of the Siege of Paris by the Northmen; Hincmar of Rheims, On the Governance of the Palace; Notker the Stammerer Addresses Charles the Fat; The Saxon Poet's Thoughts on Charlemagne; The Vision of Charles the Fat

Number of pages of primary source text: 505


Dates: 700 - 900

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Other


  • Translated into English.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • Germany
  • Holy Roman Empire
  • France


Record Types: 

  • Charters, Deeds
  • Chronicle, Annals
  • Hagiography
  • Sermons
  • Chronicle Annals
  • Commentary / Gloss / Exegesis
  • Letter
  • Literature - Prose
  • Literature - Verse
  • Penitential
  • Philosophic Work
  • Theology - Devotional
  • Theology - Practical/Instructional
  • Treatise - Instruction/Advice

Subject Headings: 

  • Royalty / Monarchs
  • Historiography
  • Carolingians
  • Literature - Devotional
  • Literature - Didactic
  • Literature - Folklore Legends
  • Literature - Other
  • Theology - History


  • Index
  • Bibliography


This book presents a large amalgamation of sources, including charters, treaties, chronicles, hagiography, sermons, etc., all from different sources. Some of the texts are full texts, others are selections. Each entry contains a short introduction which analysis the document, its historical relevance, and background. This is meant to be an introduction to Carolingian history and gives what the editor feels to be a representative sample of early medieval documents. This is a great sourcebook for students and people looking for a wide variety of important translated primary sources.

Introduction Summary: 

Gives personal information about Dutton and a short discussion of the term “Carolingian Civilization.”

Cataloger: CDB