By Karl Leyser
Karl Leyser's intuitive and creative old writing drew on deep examining within the basic resources and, chiefly, on an intimate wisdom of the most important historians of the interval displayed during this selection of his paintings. It used to be his rivalry that basically via an realizing of the minds of such historians as Nithard, Regino of Prum, Widukind of Corvey and Thietmar of Merseburg, and a reconstruction in their outlook at the international, will we savor the aristocratic worlds which those historians depicted of their works.
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154-79. On Adalbert as a historian see M. Lintzel, 'Erzbischof Adalbert von Magdeburg als Geschichtsschreiber', in idem, Ausgewdhlte Schriften, 2 vols. (Berlin, 1961), vol. 2, pp. 399-406 (first published 1939); K.
Fried, Otto HI. und Boleslaw Chrobry: Das Widmungsbild des Aachener Evangeliars, der 'Akt von Gnesen' und das fruhe polnische und ungarische Konigtum (Frankfurter historische Abhandlungen 30, Wiesbaden, 1989), on the crucial events of the year 1000. 69 Adam of Bremen, Gesta II 22, p. 79. 18 The Carolingian and Ottoman Centuries given him deep satisfaction. 70 Latin Christianity and the Occident were moulded by this monastic culture no less than by the material development which in the eleventh century began here and there to gain momentum.
His accounts of events during Louis the Pious's reign and after his death was moved by a deep indignation about the heedlessness with which the chief and most responsible actors, Carolingian rulers and their primores, not excluding his own lord, Charles, ignored their true duties and erred, pursuing only immediate personal aims. 42 The contrast drawn is deep and tragic. Nithard's main concern was the res publica, utilitas justice and loyalties. 44 38 Nithard, Historiae II2, p. 40. Nithard writes of himself in the third person.