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The Life of Charlemagne

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2002

    Helping to get us back to the basics

    Because of the simplicity in which Einhard writes his biography of his beloved King, it helped me, in my initial study of Charlemagne, to see him in a simple way, without the wars, history and 'raw-facts' getting in the way of seing a MAN. Recently having traced my ancestry directly to this incredible man, I am more interested in knowing what kind of man he was, rather than knowing what he accomplished in his life. I feel that this book helps me to discover what I'm looking for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2001

    One great book

    A good book for starters and expert alike. It teaches about a giant of history very well. It has a lot of personal information and habits of Charlemagne that might not be known,but it needs more history on the wars he fought in. You can find other books on the wars he fought in so it's not necessary information, but it could use it. I think this a very good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2000

    A little less than a life.

    This is the only first hand account of the life of France's greatest ruler. Written by a close friend and courtier it is smoothly written but fails to give much detail or insight into its subject's life. This is not all Einhard's fault, owing to the fact that that few examples of biographical writing exsisted at the time to serve as a model for the work. This one is based around Suetonius 'The Lives of the Twelve Casears', especially the life of Agustus. Enjoyable to read but you might look elswhere if your expecting anything in-depth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2000

    Less than a life

    Einhard's 'Life' of France's greatest ruler is quite readable but lacking in much scope and detail. Einhard can't be blamed entirely for this as his only examples of royal biography were those by Latin historians, most notably Suetonius whose life of Augustus was his main model. If your looking for an indepth study of the Carloingian empire your out of luck; but if your just a history buff who wants to get an inside view of Charlemagne and his court than this is a book for you.

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