Charlemagne (Folio Society Edition)

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On the eve of the 9th century, a pope threw himself on the mercy of a barbarian king. A year later, that king was proclaimed Lord of the reborn Roman Empire. At his death in 814, his dominions stretched from Italy to Denmark and from Serbia to Spain. Charlemagne appears in many guises: the greatest conqueror since Alexander and Caesar, but also an ardent student of theology; a keen hunter, but also a patron of intellectuals; the founder of the Holy Roman Empire, but also of modern education. Alessandro Barbero's ...
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On the eve of the 9th century, a pope threw himself on the mercy of a barbarian king. A year later, that king was proclaimed Lord of the reborn Roman Empire. At his death in 814, his dominions stretched from Italy to Denmark and from Serbia to Spain. Charlemagne appears in many guises: the greatest conqueror since Alexander and Caesar, but also an ardent student of theology; a keen hunter, but also a patron of intellectuals; the founder of the Holy Roman Empire, but also of modern education. Alessandro Barbero's absorbing biography—praised as the most important modern study of Charlemagne—reveals the flesh-and-blood realities of this myth-enshrouded figure. From his extraordinary military achievements and revivication of art and learning to his expertise in administration and diplomacy, Charlemagne left an indelible mark on history.

New preface by the author. Translated by Allan Cameron.

Bound in cloth.

448 pages; frontispiece and 24 pages of colour plates. 10" x 6".

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  • ISBN-13: 9781400671625
  • Publisher: Folio Society

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