In This Modern Age: Medieval Studies in Honor of Paul Edward Dutton


Edited by Courtney M. Booker and

Anne A. Latowsky

Publication date: February, 2023

Pages: 532, colour

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Courtney M. Booker and Anne A. Latowsky


   The Wrong Kind of Flattery: Critique and Praise in Walahfrid Strabo’s De imagine Tetrici

   Andrew J. Romig

   Authority and Christology in Dhuoda’s Manual

   Geoffrey Koziol

   The Two Sorrows of Nithard

   Courtney M. Booker

   Dreaming of Saint Germain: Violence, Visions, and Holy Vengeance in the Translatio sancti Germani Parisiensis

   Matthew Bryan Gillis


   Ghosts of Pliny the Younger in Einhard’s Translation and Miracles of Marcellinus and Peter

   Anne A. Latowsky

   Virgil the Fabricator in the Epitaphium Arsenii

   Justin Lake

   Cicero among the Stars: Constellations, Humanism, and Cultural Clusters of the Carolingian Age

   John J. Contreni


   Little Children, Jewish Attire, and the Monks of Saint-John (Müstair)

   Valerie L. Garver

   Striking Coins

   Jason Glenn

   Lions not Lines: Figured Calcidian Diagrams and Diagrammatic Figures

   Herbert L. Kessler


   The Silent Sneeze of the Early Middle Ages

   Richard Matthew Pollard

   Rainbows and Theologies of Color in a Dark Age

   Lynda Coon

   Eclipse of the Carolingian Moon

   Martha Rampton


   The Glimmering Gold of Memory and the Rust of Discontentment: A Reflection on Carolingian Civilization

   Matthew Gabriele

Index I. General

Index II. Names and Places

Index III. Scriptural References

Index IV. Manuscripts

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Courtney M. Booker and Anne A. Latowsky
Trivent Medieval
Book series
Renovatio - Studies in the Carolingian World
Book series editor(s)
Matthew Bryan Gillis
ISBN (hardcover)
ISBN (paperback)
Publication date
February 2023
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In This Modern Age: Medieval Studies in Honor of Paul Edward Dutton is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars of the Carolingian era specializing in history, art history, and literature. The volume is divided into five sections, which treat early medieval Latin literary and historiographical culture, images and objects, interpretations of natural phenomena, and the subject of nostalgia. Reflecting Dutton’s pathbreaking work, the contributions all evince the great impact of his teaching and erudition over the past thirty years since the publication of his seminal books Carolingian Civilization: A Reader (1993), The Politics of Dreaming in the Carolingian Empire (1994), The Poetry and Paintings of the First Bible of Charles the Bald (with Herbert L. Kessler) (1997), Charlemagne’s Courtier: The Complete Einhard (1998), Charlemagne’s Mustache: And Other Cultural Clusters of a Dark Age (2004), together with his many influential articles. This body of highly distinctive, stimulating, and evocative scholarship has fundamentally transformed Carolingian studies, inspiring younger scholars to enter the field and encouraging established scholars to develop it in new directions.

The essays in this volume individually pay tribute to Dutton in their illumination of diverse aspects of Carolingian intellectual, textual, and visual culture, with its famously idiosyncratic revival of Christian-Roman learning, aesthetics, and ideas. Gathered together, they offer an expression of gratitude for the risks that he took and the generosity that he has always shown.

COURTNEY M. BOOKER is Associate Professor of medieval European history at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He is the author of Past Convictions: The Penance of Louis the Pious and the Decline of the Carolingians (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), and co-editor (with Hans Hummer and Dana M. Polanichka) of Visions of Medieval Studies in North America and Europe: Studies on Cultural Identity and Power (Turnhout: Brepols, 2022). He is currently translating Henri-Xavier Arquillière’s influential study L’Augustinisme politique, and writing a book on the chronicle of Nithard and its reception.

ANNE A. LATOWSKY is Associate Professor of French at the University of South Florida, Tampa. She is the author of Emperor of the World: Charlemagne and the Construction of Imperial Authority, 800-1229 (Cornell University Press, 2013, pbk. 2020). She is currently writing a book on the Chronicle of Pseudo-Turpin and its influence on the writing of history. 


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