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1. Introduction: using the past, interpreting the present, influencing the future Matthew Innes 2. Memory, identity and power in Lombard Italy Walter Pohl 3. Memory and narrative in the cult of the early Anglo-Saxon saints Catherine Cubitt 4. The uses of the Old Testament in early medieval canon law: the Collectio vetus gallica and the Collectio hiberniensis Rob Meens 5. The transmission of tradition: Gregorian influence and innovation in eighth-century Italian monasticism Marios Costambeys 6. The world and its past as Christian allegory in the early middle ages Dominic Janes 7. The Franks as the new Israel? Education for an identity from Pippin to Charlemagne Mary Garrison 8. Political ideology in Carolingian historiography Rosamond McKitterick 9. The annals of Metz and the Merovingian past Yitzhak Hen 10. The empire as ecclesia: Hrabanus Maurus and Biblical historia for rulers Mayke de Jong 11. Teutons or Trojans? The Carolingians and the Germanic past Matthew Innes 12. A man for all seasons: Pacifus of Verona and the creation of a local Carolingian past Cristina La Rocca.