Political History

  • Jason Glenn
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


While on a research trip in the summer of 1833, Georg Heinrich Pertz visited the Bamberg Staatsbibliothek.1 There, he consulted a manuscript whose title page indicated it contained a history written by the thirteenth-century author, Richer of Senones.2 It did not take long for the editor of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica to realize the text was mislabeled. “Having perceived the age of the work from the first,” he said in the introduction to the edition he published shortly thereafter,

in the first lines, hardly without the utmost joy, I soon recognized the tenth-century author, to this point unpublished, whose name had been cited by [ Johannes] Trithemius [in the fifteenth century]. So that I might transcribe it, I easily obtained it from the illustrious man Jaeck, who learnedly presided over the library and favorably supported our studies in things German. And thus the book, coming out of the shadows in which it was concealed for more than eight hundred years, now bursts forth, and its author will take his place among the eminent historians of the Middle Ages.3


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