The ninth-century revival of learning known as the so-called “Carolingian renaissance” found its origin in Charlemagne’s deep, but modest, concern for the correct cult of God within his empire, but it quickly resulted in diverse, creative outbursts of textual culture independent of royal aims. It was in this creative process that the biblical, Christian and antique traditions were appropriated to form the melting-pot of post-Roman “European culture”.

This project studies the relationship between royal ambitions and the practice at the centres of learning “on the ground”. Its main hypothesis is that to understand intellectual blossoming of the eighth and ninth centuries, we must study the Networks of Knowledge linking intellectual centres and scholars. You can follow (and contribute to) the progress of this project on this website.

Symposium programme

Social and Intellectual Networking in the Early Middle Ages 31 August – 2 September 2017 @ Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands Co-Organised by Networks of Knowledge…