Empire, Ethnic Election and Exegesis in the Opus Caroli (Libri Carolini)

Conor O'Brien
‘‘We, who are the spiritual Israel’: thus spoke the imperious voice attributed to Charlemagne, the king of the Franks, in a massive theological treatise, the Opus Caroli, fulminating against the (as it saw them) heretical rulers of Byzantium. Imperious, and perhaps even proto-imperial, for within less than a decade of those words being written Charlemagne had been crowned emperor in Rome. The Opus Caroli systematically attacked the acts of the second council of Nicaea (787)...
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