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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. In this concise, insightful, and eminently readable biography, Mathias Becher provides a wealth of information about a remarkable man and his times. Among the topics Becher discusses are Charlemagne's rise to emperor and his political and military maneuvering against the Saxons, the Lombards, and others; the ways in which laws and language in these lands were reformed and revised; and the tensions that emerged in Charlemagne's court between modern ideas and traditional thinking. He concludes by discussing the effects of Charlemagne's reign and his posthumous fame.

"Becher suceeds in combining a masterful account of life stages of the 'powerful figure' and the myth of Charlemagne with a precise and impressive representation of his era" - Die Zeit

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300107586
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 182
  • Sales rank: 826,841
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthias Becher is professor of medieval history at the Universit├Ąt Bonn, Germany.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I The Highpoint of his Reign: The Imperial Coronation of Charlemagne on Christmas Day in the Year 800 7
II From 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 Franks 19
III Charlemagne's Youth and the First Years of his Reign: From Son of the Mayor of the Palace to Conqueror of Italy 41
IV The Expansion of the Frankish Kingdom in the East: Saxons, Bavarians, and Avars 59
V Charlemagne, the Papacy, and the Byzantine Emperor 81
VI Ruling the Empire 99
VII Charlemagne's Family and the Arrangement of his Succession 121
VIII Epilogue: Hero and Saint: The Afterlife of Charlemagne 135
Chronology 151
Suggestions for Further Reading 155
Index 167
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