Medieval Music: A Historical Sketch (1899) by Robert Charles Hope

By Robert Charles Hope

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Einhard is not inventing history out of whole cloth, but is rearranging the material from the annals to fit a predetermined pattern for writing imperial praise. After this creative establishment of the western extreme of his geography, the biographer does the same for the East by introducing Harun, king of the Persians, who sends gifts from his native land, followed by the Greeks. 24. 22. ” 25. 22. 26. 22. 27. Ganshof, Carolingians and the Frankish Monarchy, 3. CAROLINGIAN ORIGINS 27 The second-century historian Florus, whose abbreviated history of Rome has been identified as a source for the Royal Frankish Annals,28 provides an expanded version of the foreign embassy topos in the finale to his history.

The solicitations of friendship by Harun and the Greek emperors therefore constitute the biographer’s own version of a ninth-century reunited Christian imperium in a sort of makeshift Pax Romana. 53 A discrepancy in the presentation of embassies to and from Jerusalem in the two works provides further evidence of his efforts to conform to the norms of imperial biography. 54 Einhard strikingly removes the patriarch from the story in favor of listing only Harun’s gifts to Charlemagne: robes, spices, other gifts, and the elephant.

26 E M P E R O R O F T H E WO R L D the weary travelers from his post in Spain, which is the symbol of the far reaches of the West in the language of praise for a ruler’s universal dominion. 26 In his presentation of Charles’s “deeds in peace,” Einhard creates his own version of the foreign embassy motif. He reports the submission of Alfonso, king of Asturias and Galicia, and the Irish kings (Scottorum) who sought his friendship by means of letters. As with the exchanges with Harun, here, too, historians have been unable to substantiate Einhard’s claims.

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