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Charlemagne in Ireland: manuscripts and audiences

Byrne, A. ORCID: (2022) Charlemagne in Ireland: manuscripts and audiences. In: Fulton, H. and Rikhardsdottir, S. (eds.) Charlemagne in the Norse and Celtic Worlds. Bristol Studies in Medieval Cultures (10). D. S. Brewer, Cambridge, pp. 160-190. ISBN 9781843846680

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This paper sketches the broad outlines of the circulation of Charlemagne narratives in Ireland, focusing primarily on the Latin and Irish texts of the Pseudo-Turpin Chronicle and Fierabras. It will examine the surviving manuscript contexts for these works and consider who the early audiences of these texts might have been. The evidence of the surviving manuscripts suggests that Fierabras and the Pseudo-Turpin Chronicle were read for their religious dimension and, at times, for the model of good Christian rule they offered. However, it is also clear that reception of these narratives reflects particular, as well as general, interests: fascination with the figure of Charlemagne himself seems to have been rather more than an incidental element in the reception and widespread popularity of these works in Ireland.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies (GCMS)
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Literature
ID Code:109470
Publisher:D. S. Brewer

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