Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-6

Contents

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pp. vi-vii

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Preface

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pp. viii-x

A few years ago, the historian Roger Collins reviewed the state of early medieval studies in the Anglo-American world.1 On the whole, his conclusions were positive: studies of the period, he noted, have increased in number and sophistication, while translated sources—essential for bringing the early Middle Ages within the mental and curricular horizons ...

Abbreviations

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pp. xi-xii

Maps

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pp. xiii-xv

Genealogical Tables

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pp. xvi-xviii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-68

One thousand years ago, authors from monasteries in Burgundy and northern Germany sat down to record the lives and deaths of two powerful and pious women, Mathilda and Adelheid. Both were extolled by their Saxon and Burgundian biographers as saints, exemplary figures whose lives were guided by God and witnessed to his grace. ...

Translated Texts

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The “Older Life” of Queen Mathilda

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pp. 71-87

There are many who foolishly devote themselves to worldly study, hoping that by filling the people’s ears with stories of famous men told in a philosophical way, they might either gain lasting fame or curry human favor.1 By order of the most glorious Emperor Otto, however, we have recorded ...

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The “Later Life” of Queen Mathilda

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pp. 88-127

To King Henry, wholly deserving of the utmost reverence. The interpreter of this work wishes for you an increase in spiritual gifts, the augmentation of your virtues, and prosperity in worldly affairs. Many know that you, blessed with knowledge and skill in a variety of pursuits, have pored over numerous books containing the lives of the holy fathers, ...

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The Epitaph of Adelheid

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pp. 128-144

To the venerable lord abbot Andreas and all of the brothers entrusted to him, who devoutly serve our Lord and Savior on the outskirts of Pavia:1 brother Odilo, the dregs of all of the paupers of Cluny, sends wishes for prosperity in this life and for everlasting joy.2 ...

Appendix 1: Widukind of Corvey on Queen Mathilda (Res Gestae 1.31 and 3.74)

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pp. 145-146

Appendix 2: Mathilda and the Stirps Widukindi

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pp. 147-153

Appendix 3: Vestigia deosculari: St. Efrem, Bavaria, and the Vita Mathildis posterior

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pp. 154-158

Endnotes

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pp. 159-198

Bibliography

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pp. 199-212

Index

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pp. 213-222