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Legendary Presents of Charlemagne
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Several objects coming from different abbeys were reportedly given by Charlemagne. We can observe that this phenomenon spread during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. At the same time, some abbeys used Charlemagne as a tutelary figure and claimed to have been founded by the emperor. The actual founders, such as Louis the Pious or Charles the Bold, thus lost their importance to a reputedly much more glorious figure. To make theses foundations legitimate, the abbeys didn't hesitate to create narratives or…

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Laurence Terrier Aliferis, “Legendary Presents of Charlemagne”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 05 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_000096>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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