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Charlemagne Hardcover – November 1, 2003

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ISBN-13: 978-0300097962 ISBN-10: 0300097964 Edition: First Edition

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"Becher succeeds in combining a masterful account of the 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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"Becher succeeds in combining a masterful account of the 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

  • Hardcover: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300097964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300097962
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,492,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Certain Bibliophile on September 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Charlemagne is unique in being one of a set of historical figures whose best biographers write short, pithy, insightful works about them. Einhart's "Vita Karoli Magni," contemporaneous with Charlemagne, set the model. Notker Balbulus' "Gesta Caroli Magni," written later in the ninth century, set begin a long trend of mythologizing Charlemagne's role in Frankish history. This volume, a very serviceable contribution by Matthias Becher, adds to this "tradition of brevity," while never falling into Notker's tendency to apotheosize.

The story begins on Christmas Day of the year 800, when Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne "Emperor of the Romans," an event which will lay the formation for the rise of medieval Europe. In a Europe where the Roman Emperor had been gone for centuries, how was it that Charlemagne had consolidated the disparate Merovingian territories into a united Frankish kingdom? This question is at the heart of the book.

When Charlemagne's father, Pippin the Short died, he left Charlemagne and his brother Carloman I as co-emperors. After just a few years of rule, however, Carloman died unexpectedly at the age of twenty, leaving his older brother as the sole ruler from 771 until his death 43 years later. Becher covers many of the most interesting topics of Charlemagne's reign in detail: the conquering of the Saxons, Avars, and Bavarians, the political influence of Leo III, his vastly influential educational reforms (due in part to his brilliant librarian at Aachen, Alcuin), and changes in ecclesiastical structure. Becher ends the discussion with "Epilogue: Hero and Saint," discussing how Charlemagne's complex role in Frankish history has been taken up by historians over the past twelve centuries, from Notker to Ranke.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Bradley on January 7, 2013
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I bought this as a Christmas present for my sixth grade son who is a young history buff. He was excited when he opened it and jumped right into reading it. He has enjoyed it and it has also led to some very interesting discussions. The book is not overly long or too difficult. The author uses an excellen technique of opening the story with the coronation on Christmas day in 800 A.D. which worked perfectly into hooking my son into wanting to know the background behind this fascinating scene.

The book is a fine quality paperback with good cover and is comfortable to read. It arrived promptly and in good condition. I'm very happy with this purchase.
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By JoeyP2 on June 20, 2015
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The book wasn't exactly the world's most interesting read, but it was short enough that you get all the major details of his life without losing interest.
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By Susmita Mishra on May 18, 2015
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Informative and we'll written
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