Charlemagne

Charlemagne Charlemagne Is Often Claimed As The Greatest Ruler In Europe Before Napoleon In This Magisterial New Study, Rosamond McKitterick Re Examines Charlemagne The Ruler And His Reputation She Analyses The Narrative Representations Of Charlemagne Produced After His Death, And Thereafter Focuses On The Evidence From Charlemagne S Lifetime Concerning The Creation Of The Carolingian Dynasty And The Growth Of The Kingdom, The Court And The Royal Household, Communications And Identities In The Frankish Realm In The Context Of Government, And Charlemagne S Religious And Cultural Strategies She Offers A Completely Fresh And Critical Examination Of The Contemporary Sources And In So Doing Transforms Our Understanding Of The Development Of The Carolingian Empire, The Formation Of Carolingian Political Identity, And The Astonishing Changes Effected Throughout Charlemagne S Forty Six Year Period Of Rule This Is A Major Contribution To Carolingian History Which Will Be Essential Reading For Anyone Interested In The Medieval Past. A really admirable book Rosamund McKitterick is exceptionally methodical and thorough in the way she uses her sources and she does a nice job recasting popular perceptions of Charlemagne She makes the point that Charlemagne s image the learned warrior was one that was consciously constructed by his contempor
I got this book on the recommendation of the author a nice lady, a Cambridge professor who was willing to correspond with a random American dude looking for good things to read on early Medieval history What I wanted to know at the time was how much did Charlemagne actually try to rule his empire, as opposed to being the figurehead hegemon over a bunch of barbarian hordes To what extent was his empire a state you might say The answer found here is he did indeed try to rule, though the Ca I got this book on the recommendation of the author a nice lady, a Cambridge professor who was willing to correspond with a random American dude looking for good things to read on early Medieval history What I wanted to know at the time was how much did Charlemagne actually try to rule his empire, as opposed to being the figurehead hegemon over a bunch of barbarian hordes To what extent was his empire a state you might say The answer found here is he did indeed try to rule, though
Charlemagne is often claimed as the greatest ruler in Europe before Napoleon This magisterial 2008 study re examines Charlemagne the ruler and his reputation, it was a scholarly piece. A Foucauldean analysis