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The Politics Of Gender And Ethnicity In East Francia: The Case Of Gandersheim , Ca. 850–950

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The community of religious women at Gandersheim performed several services for the Liudolfing/Ottonian lineage that established the convent in the mid-ninth century. John Bernhardt, examining the economic foundations and functions of Gandersheim as part of his study of the hospitality and material support royal monasteries provided to the itinerant kings and their courts under the Saxon and Salian dynasties, traces a different pattern through the convents history. Hans Goettings magisterial survey of the social and institutional history of Gandersheim for the Germania Sacra series provides a useful guide to the events surrounding the convents origins. The two principal narrative sources for the early history of the convent are Agius of Corvey s Vita Hathumodae and Hrotsvit of Gandersheim s Primordia coenobii Gandeshemensis. Gandersheim again functioned as a stable locus for enunciating a flexible Liudolfing identity to the inhabitants of East Francia, including the Liudolfings themselves.

Keywords: East Francia; Gandersheim; Liudolfing identity; Saxon



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