Hincmar of Rheims

Hincmar-Rheims291STONE Rachel (éd.), WEST Charles (éd.)

Hincmar of Rheims : life and work

Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2015, XIV-309 p.

ISBN 978-0-7190-9140-7

HMA 430

Résumé éditeur :

Archbishop Hincmar of Rheims (d. 882) is a crucial figure for all those interested in early medieval European history in general, and Carolingian history in particular. For forty years he was an advisor to kings and religious controversialist; his works are a key source for the political, religious and social history of the later ninth century, covering topics from papal politics to the abduction of women and the role of parish priests.

This book puts the archbishop himself centre-stage, bringing together the latest international research across the spectrum of his varied activities, as history-writer, estate administrator, hagiographer, canonist, pastorally engaged bishop and politically minded royal advisor. For the first time since Jean Devisses’s magisterial studies of the 1970s, it offers a three-dimensional examination of a controversial figure whose actions and writings in different fields are often studied in isolation, at the cost of a holistic appreciation. Combining research from recognised experts (such as Janet Nelson, Philippe Depreux and Mayke de Jong) as well as early-career historians, it will be an essential companion for all those interested in the Carolingian world, and early medieval Europea more broadly. (4e de couv.)

Rachel Stone is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at King’s College, London …

Charles West is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Sheffield …

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