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The Kaiserchronik: A Medieval Narrative

Alastair Matthews


This book presents a narratological analysis of the Kaiserchronik, or chronicle of the emperors, an account of the Roman and Holy Roman emperors from the foundation of Rome to the run-up to the Second Crusade that was remarkably popular in medieval Germany. Previous research has concentrated on the structure and sources of the work and emphasized its role as a Christian narrative of history, but this study shows that the Kaiserchronik does not simply illustrate a didactic religious message: it also provides an example of how techniques of story-telling in the vernacular were developed and expl ... More

Keywords: Kaiserchronik, Middle High German, medieval literature, narrative theory, narratology, chronicles, Latin, vernacular

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199656998
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656998.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alastair Matthews, author