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Charlemagne

By Matthias Becher

Charlemagne, ruler of the vast Frankish kingdom from 768 to his death in 814 and emperor from the year 800, is considered the father of Europe. He founded the first empire in western Europe after the fall of Rome, and his court at Aix-la-Chapelle was a centre of classical learning and a focus of the Carolingian Renaissance. This book is an introduction to Charlemagne's life and legend. Matthias Becher describes Charlemagne's rise to emperor and traces his political and military manoeuvering against the Saxons, the Lombards, and others, as Charlemagne incorporated these lands into his own realm. Becher points out that under Charlemagne, jury courts were introduced, the laws of the Franks revised and written down, new coinage introduced, weights and measures reformed, and a Frankish grammar begun. Charlemagne tried to give his kingdom a spiritual basis by referring to antique traditions, says Becher, and he explores the tensions that existed in Charlemagne's court between modern ideas and traditional thinking. He concludes by discussing Charlemagne's kinship network, the evolving arrangements for his succession, the effects of his reign, and his posthumous fame. Concise, insightful, and readable, this life of Charlemagne provides useful information about a remarkable man and his times.

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Format: Book
Author: Becher, Matthias
Title: Charlemagne / by Matthias Becher ; translated by David S. Bachrach.
Publisher Date: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2003.
Subject: Charlemagne, Emperor, 742-814. France -- Kings and rulers -- Biography Holy Roman Empire -- Kings and rulers -- Biography France -- History -- To 987 Holy Roman Empire -- History -- To 1517
Isbn: 0300097964 (alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Author: Becher, Matthias
Title: Charlemagne / by Matthias Becher ; translated by David S. Bachrach.
Publisher, Date: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2003.
Description: 170 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
Subjects: Charlemagne, Emperor, 742-814.
Subjects: France -- Kings and rulers -- Biography
Subjects: Holy Roman Empire -- Kings and rulers -- Biography
Subjects: France -- History -- To 987
Subjects: Holy Roman Empire -- History -- To 1517
Notes: "Originally published in a slightly different form as Karl der Grosse, 1999, by C.H. Beck, Munich"--T.p. verso.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 155-166) and index.
Contents: I. The highpoint of his reign: the imperial coronation of Charlemagne on Christmas Day in the year 800 -- II. From the fall of the Roman Empire in the West to Charlemagne's accession to power in 768: a short history of the kingdom of the Franks -- III. Charlemagne's youth and the first years of his reign: from son of the Mayor of the palace to Conqueror of Italy -- IV. The expansion of the Frankish Kingdom in the East: Saxons, Bavarians, and Avars -- V. Charlemagne, the papacy, and the Byzantine Emperor -- VI. Ruling the empire -- VII. Charlemagne's family and the arrangement of his succession -- VIII. Hero and saint: the afterlife of Charlemagne.
LCCN: 2003007858
ISBN: 0300097964 (alk. paper)
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Call Number: 944.014 Bec