Kingship and Politics in the Late Ninth Century: Charles the Fat and the End of the Carolingian Empire

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CONTENTS
List of maps and figurespage vii
Acknowledgementsviii
List of abbreviationsxi
Note on names, terminology and citationsxiv
Outline chronologyxv
1INTRODUCTION1
   The end of the Carolingian empire in modern historiography1
   The shape of politics in the late ninth century11
2UN-FRANKISH ACTIVITIES: CHARLES THE FAT IN THE EYES OF CONTEMPORARY ANNALISTS23
   The Annals of Fulda24
   Bad advice28
   The Vikings and the siege of Asselt30
   Royal inactivity37
   History and politics in the late ninth century42
3THE MEN WHO WOULD BE KINGS: THE ‘SUPERMAGNATES’ AND THE ‘RISE OF THE ARISTOCRACY’48
   The rise of Odo49
   Politics and identity in Abbo’s Wars of the City of Paris55
   The supermagnates and the empire64
   Conclusion75
4ROYAL POLITICS AND REGIONAL POWER IN THE LATE CAROLINGIAN EMPIRE81
   Alemannia and Alsace83
   Italy91
   Franconia, Saxony and Bavaria97
   West Francia99
   The north Frankish circle102
   Geilo of Langres110

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