Charlemagne

Charlemagne

by Matthias Becher
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300107587

ISBN-13: 9780300107586

Pub. Date: 05/01/2003

Publisher: Yale University Press

Charlemagne—ruler of the vast Frankish kingdom from 768 to his death in 814 and Holy Roman emperor from the year 800—is considered the father of Europe. He founded the first empire in western Europe after the fall of Rome, and his court at Aix-la-Chapelle was a center of classical learning and a focus of the Carolingian Renaissance. This book is a

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Charlemagne—ruler of the vast Frankish kingdom from 768 to his death in 814 and Holy Roman emperor from the year 800—is considered the father of Europe. He founded the first empire in western Europe after the fall of Rome, and his court at Aix-la-Chapelle was a center of classical learning and a focus of the Carolingian Renaissance. This book is a splendid introduction to Charlemagne’s life and legend.
Matthias Becher describes Charlemagne’s rise to emperor and traces his political and military maneuvering against the Saxons, the Lombards, and others, as Charlemagne incorporated these lands into his own realm. Becher points out that under Charlemagne, jury courts were introduced, the laws of the Franks revised and written down, new coinage introduced, weights and measures reformed, and a Frankish grammar begun. Charlemagne tried to give his kingdom a spiritual basis by referring to antique traditions, says Becher, and he explores the tensions that existed in Charlemagne’s court between modern ideas and traditional thinking. He concludes by discussing Charlemagne’s kinship network, the evolving arrangements for his succession, the effects of his reign, and his posthumous fame.
Concise, insightful, and eminently readable, this biography of Charlemagne provides a wealth of information about a remarkable man and his times.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300107586
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
182
Sales rank:
948,394
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
IThe Highpoint of his Reign: The Imperial Coronation of Charlemagne on Christmas Day in the Year 8007
IIFrom the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West to Charlemagne's Accession to Power in 768: A Short History of the Kingdom of the Franks19
IIICharlemagne's Youth and the First Years of his Reign: From Son of the Mayor of the Palace to Conqueror of Italy41
IVThe Expansion of the Frankish Kingdom in the East: Saxons, Bavarians, and Avars59
VCharlemagne, the Papacy, and the Byzantine Emperor81
VIRuling the Empire99
VIICharlemagne's Family and the Arrangement of his Succession121
VIIIEpilogue: Hero and Saint: The Afterlife of Charlemagne135
Chronology151
Suggestions for Further Reading155
Index167

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