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Representations of Lothar I in the Liber pontificalis Ravennatis

  • Edward M. Schoolman

Lothar looms large in the Liber pontificalis of Ravenna, an episcopal gesta composed after 846 by a local cleric of that city named Agnellus. In its prefatory verse, Lothar was tied to the memory of his grandfather Charlemagne, and afterwards was presented as an ally of the city and its church, a relationship sealed by the service of the bishop George (837-846) as godfather to Lothar’s daughter Rotruda. Furthermore, upon the death of Louis the Pious, as part of an embassy attempting to resolve the conflicts between Lothar and his brothers, George sought to affirm Ravenna privileges on the eve of the battle of Fontenoy, an event described quite differently from other sources. Completed following these struggles, the Liber pontificalis of Ravenna used this image of Lothar to further claims of the special status of the city, especially in its independence from Rome and longstanding imperial connections, and actively sought to legitimize Lothar’s own position through a juxtaposition with Charlemagne. Although preserved in the accounts of the bishops of Ravenna, the singular efforts to elevate and memorialize Lothar differ from other contemporary institutional chronicles, and underscore the tension inherent in the narrative.

  • Keywords:
  • Middle Ages,
  • 9th century,
  • Italy,
  • Ravenna,
  • Lothar I,
  • Agnellus of Ravenna,
  • Liber pontificalis Ravennatis,
  • civic memory,
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Edward M. Schoolman

University of Nevada, Reno, United States - ORCID: 0000-0002-1416-1222

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Chapter Title

Representations of Lothar I in the Liber pontificalis Ravennatis

Authors

Edward M. Schoolman

Language

English

DOI

10.36253/978-88-5518-623-0.07

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Publication Year

2022

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© 2022 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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CC0 1.0

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Book Title

Networks of bishops, networks of texts

Book Subtitle

Manuscripts, legal cultures, tools of government in Carolingian Italy at the time of Lothar I

Editors

Gianmarco De Angelis, Francesco Veronese

Peer Reviewed

Number of Pages

232

Publication Year

2022

Copyright Information

© 2022 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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CC0 1.0

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Firenze University Press

DOI

10.36253/978-88-5518-623-0

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978-88-5518-622-3

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978-88-5518-623-0

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978-88-5518-625-4

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Reti Medievali E-Book

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2704-6362

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2704-6079

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