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By Karl Leyser

Karl Leyser's intuitive and innovative old writing drew on deep interpreting within the basic assets and, in particular, on an intimate wisdom of the most important historians of the interval displayed during this selection of his paintings. It used to be his rivalry that purely via an figuring out of the minds of such historians as Nithard, Regino of Prum, Widukind of Corvey and Thietmar of Merseburg, and a reconstruction in their outlook at the global, do we savor the aristocratic worlds which those historians depicted of their works.

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W. Goetz, 'Regnum: Zum politischen Denken der Karolingerzeit', ZRGGA 116 (1987), pp. 110-89, passim, especially pp. 130-1 on Nithard. 7 See here especially Patze, 'lustitia' (as n. 3). 11 In other words, their motives for the emperor's restoration were no different from those of Lothar for his overthrow. 12 Here we uncover another stark trait of Nithard's historical insight: the fictitious motive. 13 The phrase and the sham that lay behind it were to resurface only in the historiography of the eleventh century, in the Annales of Lampert of Hersfeld.

At great crises and in desperate situations it was God who saved Otto I from his enemies and gave him victory against the odds, but Widukind also dwelt on the king's iron nerve and unshakable resolve. At the battle of the Lech (955) Otto is made to say to his men that they had divine protection, more virtus and far better weapons than their Magyar enemies. Dilatatio inperii was Widukind's theme but he also knew the risks. In this suspense between the known and the unknown, the natural and the supernatural shaping the historical process, lies Widukind's enduring literary strength.

Compare II4, p. 46, for similar comments on Charles's following in 840; and for an explanation of the favourable view of Louis taken especially in book IV see Nelson, 'Public Histories' (as n. 1), p. 223 and n. 118. 34 MGH Cone. 3, no. 3, pp. 10-17. On Coulaines see P. Classen, 'Die Vertrage von Verdun und von Coulaines 843 als Grundlagen des westfrankischen Reiches', HZ, 196 (1963), pp. 1-35, and modifying him E. Magnou-Nortier, Foi etfidelite: Recherches sur Involution des liens personnels chez les Francs du Vile au IXe siecle (Toulouse, 1976), pp.

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