110-13), and immediately preceding the much better-known first Capitulary
of Theodulf of Orleans (pp.
In the dedication, Handl recalls the time they spent together, a reference that has been generally assigned to the early 1570s, when Rueff was serving as capitulary
at the Melk Monastery.
The articles in fact range more widely than this suggests: literacy in government; dispute settlement; ecclesiastical wealth and poverty; the Coulaines capitulary
; Frankish historiography; Louis the Pious' last years; Charles the Bald and sovereignty; royal ritual; imperial models for the Franks; Nithard and knighthood; women at Charlemagne's court; early medieval women historians; end `women and the word' (where `word' has both its Christian and its usual sense).
In 884, the last capitulary
signalled that everyone now set about his neighbour per vim; "apres moi, la violence" was the message of Carolingian state culture -- and the old school took it at its word.