Augustine and the Art of Ruling in the Carolingian Imperial Period: Political Discourse in Alcuin of York and Hincmar of Rheims, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Augustine and the Art of Ruling in the Carolingian Imperial Period

Political Discourse in Alcuin of York and Hincmar of Rheims, 1st Edition

By Sophia Moesch

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246 pages

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This volume is an investigation of how Augustine was received in the Carolingian period, and the elements of his thought which had an impact on Carolingian ideas of ‘state’, rulership and ethics. It focuses on Alcuin of York and Hincmar of Rheims, authors and political advisers to Charlemagne and to Charles the Bald, respectively. It examines how they used Augustinian political thought and ethics, as manifested in the De civitate Dei, to give more weight to their advice. A comparative approach sheds light on the differences between Charlemagne’s reign and that of his grandson. It scrutinizes Alcuin’s and Hincmar’s discussions of empire, rulership and the moral conduct of political agents during which both drew on the De civitate Dei, although each came away with a different understanding. By means of a philological–historical approach, the book offers a deeper reading and treats the Latin texts as political discourses defined by content and language.

Table of Contents

Tables

Note on the Text

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

Introduction

I. Augustine of Hippo   

Influences on the ‘De Civitate Dei’

Augustine’s Stance on Worldly Rule and His Assessment of Politically Organised Communities in the ‘De Civitate Dei’

Concepts of Augustinian Political Thought

Dispensatio

Felix/Felicitas and Beatus/Beatitudo

Iustitia and Pax

 

II. Alcuin of York

Alcuin’s Direct Use of Augustine in the ‘Epistolae’ 

Alcuin’s Indirect Use of Augustine: His Stance on Worldly Rule and Recourse to Augustine’s Terminology

 

III. Hincmar of Rheims

Hincmar’s Direct Use of Augustine in the ‘Epistolae’

Hincmar’s Indirect Use of Augustine: His ‘Expositiones ad Carolum Regem’ and ‘De Regis Persona et Regio Ministerio’

Conclusion

Carolingian Political Thought c. 800–c. 900

Alcuin’s and Hincmar’s Uses of Augustine in the Light of Changing ‘State-Church’ Relations

 

Index

About the Author

Sophia Moesch is currently an SNSF-funded postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford, working on a project entitled ‘Developing Principles of Good Governance: Latin and Greek Political Advice during the Carolingian and Macedonian Reforms’. She completed her PhD in History at King’s College London.

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