The construction of a earlier for themselves was once of urgent value to spiritual groups, permitting them to extend their prestige and legitimise their life. This ebook examines the method in a gaggle of groups from the southern a part of Flanders (the clergymen of Saint-Bertin at Saint-Omer, the group of Saint-Rictrude at Marchiennes and the canons of Saint-Amé at Douai) over a interval operating from the 9th to the top of the 11th century. The principal rivalry is that the groups produced their narratives (history, hagiography, constitution fabrics) for a selected time and goal, often as a reaction to or meant solution of inner or exterior crises. The ebook additionally discusses how the situations which caused narrative creation had an influence not just at the content material but additionally at the type of the texts.
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