Lex Salica and the Carolingian ‘Frankish’ Past
Revealing Records II Conference, King’s College London (2010)
The year 751 is regarded by historians of the early medieval period as a fundamental turning point in the history of the Frankish world, marking the official and final transfer of power, and of the Crown, from the Merovingian to the Carolingian dynasty. This way of understanding Frankish time as separated into two distinct divisions has a long historiographical tradition identifiably stretching right back to the early ninth century. This paper will take as its basis the examination of one manuscript, St Gall 731, which offers an alternative view of how Frankish people at the turn of the eighth and ninth centuries might understand the significance of the year 751.