Charlemagne: Father of a Continent / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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- University of California Press
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 GreatCharlemagnereigned from a.d. 768 to a.d. 814. At the time if 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 the nature of everyday life at that time, how the economy functioned, and how Christians perceived their religion. Barbero's absorbing analysis of how concepts of slavery and freedom were subtly altered as feudal relations began to grow underscores the dramatic changes that the emperor's wars brought to the political landscape. Engaging and informed by deep scholarship, this latest account provides a new and richer context for considering one of history's most fascinating personalities.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|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 7991. The Frankish Tradition2. The War against the Lombards3. Wars against the Pagans4. The Rebirth of Empire5. Charlemagne and Europe6. The Man and His Family7. Government of the Empire: The Institutions8. Government of the Empire: The Resources9. Government of the Empire: The Justice System10. An Intellectual Project11. The Frankish Military Machine12. A New Economy13. Patronage and Servitude14. Old Age and DeathNotesBibliographyIndex
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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.
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.
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.
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.