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The Penitential State: Authority and Atonement in the Age of Louis the Pious, 814-840

The Penitential State: Authority and Atonement in the Age of Louis the Pious, 814-840

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In 833 emperor Louis the Pious, Charlemagne's son, submitted to a public penance in the wake of a rebellion by his three elder sons. This penance amounted to a deposition, for Louis was to atone for his sins for the rest of his life. However, only half a year later, he was back on the throne again. In this evaluation of Louis' reign, Mayke de Jong argues that his penance was the outcome of a political discourse and practice in which the accountability of the Frankish ruler to God played an increasingly central role. However heated their debates, this was a moral high ground Louis shared with churchmen and secular magnates. Through a profound re-reading of texts by contemporary authors who reflected on legitimate authority in times of crisis, this book reveals a world in which political crime was defined as sin, and royal authority was enhanced by atonement.

Author: Mayke de de Jong
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 04/28/2011
Pages: 340
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.76d
ISBN: 9780521205207

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