Charlemagne: Father of a Continent / Edition 1

Charlemagne: Father of a Continent / Edition 1

by Alessandro Barbero
ISBN-10:
0520239431
ISBN-13:
2900520239431
Pub. Date:
09/10/2004
Publisher:
University of California Press
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Charlemagne: Father of a Continent / Edition 1

The most important study of Charlemagne in a generation, this biography by distinguished medievalist Alessandro Barbero illuminates both the man and the world in which he lived. Charles the Great -- Charlemagne -- reigned from A.D. 768 to 814. At the time of his death, his empire stretched across Europe to include Bavaria, Saxony, parts of Spain, and Italy. With a remarkable grasp of detail and a sweeping knowledge of Carolingian institutions and economy, Barbero not only brings Charlemagne to life with accounts of his physical appearance, tastes and habits, family life, and ideas and actions but also conveys what it meant to be king of the Franks and, later, emperor. He recounts how Charlemagne ruled his empire, kept justice, and waged wars. He vividly describes everyday life at that time, the economy, and the perception that Christians had of their religion. Barbero's analysis of how growing feudal relations altered concepts of slavery and freedom underscores the dramatic changes that the emperor's wars brought to the political landscape. Engaging and informed by deep scholarship, this refreshing, up-to-date account provides a new and richer context for considering one of history's most fascinating personalities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900520239431
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 09/10/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 426
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Paderborn, Summer of 7991
1.The Frankish Tradition5
2.The War against the Lombards22
3.Wars against the Pagans43
4.The Rebirth of Empire75
5.Charlemagne and Europe102
6.The Man and His Family116
7.Government of the Empire: The Institutions141
8.Government of the Empire: The Resources177
9.Government of the Empire: The Justice System196
10.An Intellectual Project213
11.The Frankish Military Machine249
12.A New Economy272
13.Patronage and Servitude311
14.Old Age and Death333
Notes349
Bibliography371
Index415

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