The Great Adventure

Book - 2005
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Historian Edward Gibbons said: “Europe dates a new era from Charlemagne’s restoration of the Western Empire. Now, leading biographer Derek Wilson has written a major life of the man who was the bridge between the ancient world and the world of the emerging and powerful Europe.

This Frankish chieftain was born in 742, son of Pepin the Short. Charlemagne, while repeating the military exploits of Julius Caesar, possessed a mind ignorant of classical culture. He ruled with the sagacity of a Marcus Aurelius, but the general who could order the summary dispatch of 4,500 was equally reminiscent of Caligula.

Even so, his activities were not confined to warfare. He introduced jury courts, revised the legal system, introduced new coinage, reformed weights and measures, and furthered missionary enterprises and monastic reform. He even began a German grammar and promised religious instruction in the

Charlemagne lives on as dramatically in legend, particularly in the Chanson de Bland, and his quarter century of imperial splendour is a truly incredible adventure story.

Charles the Great towers over every notion we have of national heroes and semi-mythical champions. His growing mythology inspired the crusades, fed the concept of chivalry, bolstered absolutist regimes, excited 19th century liberals and emerges today among those who claim Charles the Great as the founder of European unity.

Blackwell North Amer
Charles the Great (742-814) towers over every notion we have of national heroes and semi-mythical champions. His military conquests exceeded those of Julius Caesar. He had the sagacity and dedication to public service of a Marcus Aurelius. In ruthlessness, as in dedication to personal culture, he was reminiscent of Augustus. Yet Charlemagne was a semi-civilised barbarian chief, with no knowledge of classical culture.

Publisher: London : Hutchinson : 2005
ISBN: 9780091794613
Branch Call Number: 944.0142092 Charl -W
Characteristics: xxi, 228 p. : ill. (some col.), maps


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