Confronting crisis in the Carolingian empire

Paschasius Radbertus' funeral oration for Wala of Corbie

Translated and Edited by Mayke de Jong and Justin Lake

Confronting crisis in the Carolingian empire


  • Paperback

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3482-0
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: May 2020
  • BIC Category: Medieval History, France: Historical and cultural regions, European history: medieval period, middle ages, 9th century, c 800 to c 899, HISTORY / Europe / France, LITERARY CRITICISM / Medieval, HISTORY / Medieval, France, Humanities / European history, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: classical, early & medieval, Humanities / Medieval history
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Sources


This book presents a new and accessible translation of a well-known yet enigmatic text: the 'Epitaph for Arsenius' by the monk and scholar Paschasius Radbertus (Radbert) of Corbie. This monastic dialogue, with the author in the role of narrator, plunges the reader directly into the turmoil of ninth-century religion and politics. 'Arsenius' was the nickname of Wala, a member of the Carolingian family who in the 830s became involved in the rebellions against Louis the Pious. Exiled from the court, Wala/Arsenius died in Italy in 836. Casting both Wala and himself in the role of the prophet Jeremiah, Radbert chose the medium of the epitaph (funeral oration) to deliver a polemical attack, not just on Wala's enemies, but also on his own.


Paschasius Radbertus, Epitaphium Arsenii
Book 1
Book 2


Translators and Editors

Mayke de Jong is Professor Emerita of Medieval History at Utrecht University
Justin Lake is Associate Professor of Classics at Texas A&M University

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