The Meaning of Theodulf's Apse Mosaic at Germigny-des-Prés

@article{Freeman2001TheMO,
  title={The Meaning of Theodulf's Apse Mosaic at Germigny-des-Pr{\'e}s},
  author={Ann C. Freeman and Paul J. Meyvaert},
  journal={Gesta},
  year={2001},
  volume={40},
  pages={125 - 139}
}
To an extent hitherto unrecognized, the work Theodulf composed in Charlemagne's name (often called the Libri Carolini but actually entitled Opus Caroli regis contra synodum) provides a key to the symbolic meaning of the mosaic he placed in the apse of the small church he erected for his personal use at his country villa in Germigny-des-Prés. Religio-political circumstances prevented Charlemagne from circulating the manifesto, but its arguments and its contents remained fresh in Theodulf's mind… 
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