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1. The Frankish Tradition
2. The War against the Lombards
3. Wars against the Pagans
4. The Rebirth of Empire
5. Charlemagne and Europe
6. The Man and His Family
7. Government of the Empire: The Institutions
8. Government of the Empire: The Resources
9. Government of the Empire: The Justice System
10. An Intellectual Project
11. The Frankish Military Machine
12. A New Economy
13. Patronage and Servitude
14. Old Age and Death
Posted February 20, 2009
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This a magnifent book about a man who possessed a magnificent character. It is incredibly well written and translated making it very easy to read and understand. This book dissects every aspect of life in Fance in its beginning years from top to bottom and back again. It will always be an excellent resource for those teaching European history, especially the history of France. This is a story of a man who was king and became Emporer. It exposes the problems he encountered and reveals the thought processes he used to overcome those problems in order to build a more just society. It especially reveals how Charles believed that he was actually God's agent on earth and therefore personally responsible for his actions and the consequences on his people. It becomes clear that as God's representative, he was not going to share that responsibility with the church but was going to do what he had to do for the survival and betterment of his people while remaining pious and respectful ofthe church's position within that society. He held Abbots and Bishops responsible for their behavior and their abuses. This book contains a massive amount of information that is extremely enlightening and provocative. There is no doubt that he earned the title "the Great" in every way possible and proved himself to be a loving and compassionate family man. This book is well worth reading more than once.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 17, 2006
This book covered any material one would want to know on Charlemagne's rule over Europe: legend, politics, military campaigns, social and economic history. I thought it was a great summer read, and very beautifully portrayed one of a very few times when Europe existed (willing or not) under one loved, if not respected, leader.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 24, 2010
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