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Open Access A King On The Move: The Place Of An Itinerant Court In Charlemagne’s Government

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A King On The Move: The Place Of An Itinerant Court In Charlemagne’s Government

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In 1965, Adolf Gauert published a now famous map of Charlemagne's itinerary. The Carolingians are even claimed to have had to renounce the idea of a fixed centre of government for economic reasons, and to content themselves with different royal residences. The places apparently visited, moreover, reflect a network of social and political connections that it is sometimes possible to document in greater detail from other sources. This chapter argues that there are a number of fundamental problems with the customary interpretations of the surviving evidence and the consequent assessments of Charlemagne's rule of this vast realm in relation both to the functioning of an itinerant court and to the Frankish palaces, usually judged to have had a symbolic role as locations of royal power from time to time as a result of the king's residence or the conduct of royal business.

Keywords: Adolf Gauert; Charlemagne; Frankish palaces; itinerant court



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