Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Papsturkenden in Frankreich, Neue Folge, 9. Band: Diozese Paris II, Abtei Saint-Denis

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Papsturkenden in Frankreich, Neue Folge, 9. Band: Diozese Paris II, Abtei Saint-Denis

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Papsturkunden in Frankreich, Neue Folge, 9. Band: Diozese Paris II, Abtei Saint-Denis. By Rolf Grosse. [Abhandlungen der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Gottingen, Philologisch-historische Masse, Dritte Folge, Nr. 225.] (Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. 1998. Pp. 257.)

From the time of Clothar II (584-629), St. Denis-the first bishop of Paris, whose relics rested in a basilica just outside the city-was the special patron of the Merovingian kings. It was, however, Clothar's son Dagobert (623-639) who, by reforming the liturgical routine, issuing charters of exemption and immunity, donating property, extending the west end of the basilica, and transforming the monastery into the royal mausoleum, linked the very identity of the royal house with St. Denis. Inextricably linked thereafter with the ruling dynasty of the west Frankish kingdom and its successors in a complicated network of patronage and social and political strategies, the royal monastery of St. Denis and its abbots nevertheless looked also to Rome for security, privileges, and exemptions.

This volume of the Papsturkunden in Frankreich series (four of which have already been published with several more in progress) is devoted exclusively to the monastery of St. Denis on account of the significance of the house in French history and the number of extant privileges (p. 7). It contains a critical edition of one hundred papal privileges (genuine and apocryphal) for the monastery from the period 742/751-1159, most of which date from 1049 onwards, after something of a saeculum obscurum in the tenth century. The early documents, many of which are later forgeries, grant the monastery papal ditio (e. …

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