The Narrative Worlds of Paul the Deacon
The Narrative Worlds of Paul the Deacon
Between Empires and Identities in Lombard Italy
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i. List of Abbreviations ii. List of Figures, Tables & Maps iii. Acknowledgements 1. Introduction: The Long Shadow of Paul the Deacon 2. 'Vir Valde Peritus': Paul the Deacon and his Contexts 3. The Early Narratives: a) 'Ita Romanorum apud Romam imperium=cum hoc Augustulo periit': the Historia Romana b) 'Beatissimus Pontifex': the Vita Sancti Gregorii Magni c) 'Sancte et Venerabilis Mettensium Urbis': Gesta Episcoporum Mettensium 4. The Historia Langobardorum: The Structure of Paul's World: a) Transmission and Textual Histories of the Historia Langobardorum b) The Structure of the Historia Langobardorum c) Paul's Use of Sources 5. The Historia Langobardorum: The Six Books in Detail a) Book i: 'The Men of Old tell a Silly Story' b) Book ii: 'The World brought back to its Ancient Silence c) Book iii: 'Authari is wont to strike such a blow' d) Book iv: 'Miserorum Rusticorum Sanguis' e) Book v: 'Rebellio et Iniquitatis' f) Book vi: 'Nutritor Gentis' 6. Conclusions i. Appendices ii. Bibliography iii. Index

Christopher Heath

The Narrative Worlds of Paul the Deacon

Between Empires and Identities in Lombard Italy

Written as the Lombard kingdom was on the cusp of downfall at the hands of the Carolingian empire, the works of Paul the Deacon (c. 720-799) are vital to understanding the history of Italy and Western Europe in the Middle Ages. But until now, scholars have tended to neglect the narrative structure of his texts, which reflect in important ways his personal responses to the events of his time. This study presents fresh interpretations of Paul's Historia Romana, Vita Sancti Gregorii Magni, Gesta Episcopum Mettensium, and Historia Langobardorum by focusing on him as an individual and on his strategies of argumentation, ultimately advancing a new conception of Paul as a dynamic author whose development of multiple lines of thought deserves closer examination.
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Christopher Heath

Christopher Heath teaches at the Manchester Metropolitan University. His interests include historiography, and socio-economic and religious change between 450 and 950. His monograph The Narrative Worlds of Paul the Deacon was published in 2017 by AUP. Currently he is working on a study of the Lombard king Liutprand.