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Published on Nov 17, 2013
In the 2013 Raleigh Lecture on History, Medievalist Professor Dame Jinty Nelson examines the long association between Charlemagne (Charles the Great) King of the Franks and Christian emperor of the West, and Europe. She will explore and explain the variegated forms, meanings and functions that this association has acquired, been invested with and performed. She will also look behind myth and historiography, asking how and why Charlemagne and some of his contemporaries might have understood Europe as an imagined community. Professor Dame Jinty Nelson FBA taught Medieval History at King's College London for almost forty years before retiring in 2008. She has longstanding interests in the Carolingian world. She is currently working on a biography of Charlemagne, and helping to plan a day-conference at the British Museum to mark the 1200th anniversary of his death on 28 January 814.