By Jane Finnis
The spring of ninety eight advert is a time of optimism within the turbulent frontier province of Britannia. company is brisk on the mansio (inn) at the highway to York that Aurelia Marcella runs along with her dual brother Lucius. Then a wagon arrives bearing a neighborhood farmer with a grievous sword wound who's looking therapy with the neighborhood Greek general practitioner. And Lucius appears to be like on the mansio on a venture. whilst the farmer dies, the twins head for the coast to come the fellow to his relations and to try a shipwreck bearing necessary respectable shipment. A band of outlawed sea-raiders led via a Gaul are suspected of stealing it in addition to killing the farmer. all of it provides as much as the feuding that has erupted among the colonists and the natives. The natives declare the novices are stealing the simplest farmland, whereas the settlers accuse the locals of plotting uprising opposed to Rome. either side are utilizing terrorist strategies: burning, kidnapping, or even homicide. the difficulty escalates and long-buried grudges are revived as counsellors, electorate, chiefs, and slaves combine in. yet a refined, own time table is at paintings as well--one or extra of the fighters can have employed the Gauls to orchestrate the violence. this is often the 3rd novel within the Aurelia Marcella sequence
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With my sword I shall protect Christendom. They will have a cause for sore regret: either I will avenge your eyes, or I will renounce my sword. (14529-14540) The temporal authority, then, may well forgive a crime against it, but only if such forgiveness belongs to it. ” The same question, but with much more subtle shading, is treated in an earlier story, that of the entirely fictional Empress Crescentia. She intervenes with a duke on behalf of a guilty seneschal whose false witness 24 Introduction had caused the duke to order her drowned for the murder of the duke’s son.
32 A passage in its portrayal of Charlemagne reflects the wording of a law promulgated by Frederick Barbarossa in Regensburg in 1152 in the presence of Count Otto V of Wittelsbach. This idiofact does much more to establish the Charlemagne chapter’s terminus a quo than Count Otto V as the author’s patron, although this dating does serve to eliminate suggested patrons from an earlier period. Urbanek bases much of his argument for Count Otto V as patron upon the chronicler’s non-usage of Otto of Freising’s History of the Two Cities as a source book of historical fact.
Irmgard Möller’s dissertation on German history in the Book of Emperors (see note 30) locates two new likely sources for the Charlemagne story but generally deals with questions of parallels rather than those of sources. This is also true of Robert Folz who includes the Book of Emperors Charlemagne story in his Le Souvenir et la Légende de Charlemagne dans l’Empire germanique médiéval (Paris, 1950). Publications de l’Université de Dijon VII. 40 Introduction standpoint and emphasize the work’s unevenness—and lets accident account for changes that the author can be seen or assumed to be making in his treatment of sources.