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Charlemagne: Father of a Continent / Edition 1

Charlemagne: Father of a Continent / Edition 1

by Alessandro Barbero, Allan Cameron


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ISBN-13: 9780520239432
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 1.37(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Alessandro Barbero is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy. In addition to writing about medieval society and culture, he is the author of the historical novel Bella vita e guerre altrui di Mr. Pyle, gentiluomo, which won the Strega Prize in 1996. Over a period of twelve years, Allan Cameron has translated some twenty books on history, philosophy, and other academic disciplines, including works by leading Italian philosopher Norberto Bobbio and President of the European Commission Romano Prodi.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Paderborn, Summer of 799

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


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Shrike58 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The particular virtue of this book is that it takes Charlemagne's claims to imperium seriously and demonstrates in some depth why his polity was something beyond the barbarian kingdoms that arose in the wake of the Western Roman Empire's fall, while in addition giving something of the flavor of the man himself. I have no major complaints about the work, though a chronology of events cross-linked with those of the Carolingian dynasty's neighbors would have been a useful thing; particularly since the author adopts more of a thematic than a narrative structure. Barbero might also have allowed himself a bit more freedom to speculate on how the limitations of the regime might have contributed to its collapse; perhaps that is another book.
Stbalbach on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Thematic survey of the Carolingian world during the reign of Charlemagne. Up to date historiographical approach regarding the "dark ages" not being so dark after all. Well written, lots of interesting anecdotes, gives a decent picture of the times, within the limitations of the sources.
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EugeneTX More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.