By the by, the number 845 on the Tresor bottle is something to do with the year Charlemagne's grandson Charles the Bald
(insert one-liner) started growing the grape that became Chenin Blanc.
Byron examines American poet Pound's (1885-1972) interest in, research into, and use of ninth-century Irish theologian, scholar, and poet Johannes Scottus Eriugena, who came to prominence at the Carolingian court of Charles the Bald
The chapter concludes with an analysis of the deployment of this imagery in the court of Charles the Bald
, including Flincmar of Rheims's treatise De regis persona et regio ministerio and Sedulius Scottus' Liber de rectoribus Christianis.
These included an Anglo-Saxon penny of Cynethryth, struck in AD 787-792, a penny of Wulfred of Canterbury, struck around AD 810, ninth century Carolingian deniers of Louis the Pious and Charles the Bald
, and three lead weights of Viking type.
A case in point is the Antiphoner of Charles the Bald
Then he shifts to the nobility, going back to 1477 to look at the reaction to the death of Charles the Bald
, then discussing the position of the nobility at court.
It therefore comes as something of a surprise to read Celia Chazelle's magnificent exegesis of an ivory crucifixion scene originally made for Charles the Bald
(now the cover of the Pericopes of Henry II in Munich).
In the San Callisto Bible Charles the Bald
(King of the Western Franks 840-77 and Emperor 875-77) and his bodyguards are shown dressed in Frankish-style clothing as a sign that they were the Chosen People, but after his coronation in Rome, as related by the chronicler of the Annales Fuldenses, Charles repudiated the Frankish connection in favor of the Greek (Byzantine) and dressed accordingly to express this.
The appearance of the word in a letter of King Charles the Bald
may also suggest Eriugena's authorship of that letter.
Cardiff-based numismatist Edward Besley said: ``This is a fragment of a coin with the imprint of Charles the Bald
, who was the king of Aquitaine in France, between 848AD and 877AD.