CharlemagneAuthor: David Stewart Bachrach Matthias BecherPublisher: Yale University PressCategory: Biography: Historical, Political & Military, European History, Early History: C 500 To C 1450/1500, Medieval HistoryBook Format: Paperback
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 A remarkably informed, informative, and admirably up-to-date 'personal interpretation' of the Frankish emperor's character, reign, and legacy...Highly recommended. Choice An excellent introduction. Historical Association Review More concerned to strip away layers of legend than to add to them, Becher's book may be prosaic - but there's a sense to the historical heart of things that offers excitements of its own.Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman Charlemagne - ruler of the vast Frankish kingdom from 768 to his death in 814 and Holy Roman emperor from the year 800 - is considered the father of Europe. In this concise, insightful, and eminently readable biography, Matthias Becher provides a wealth of information about a remarkable man and his times. 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.
About Matthias BecherMatthias Becher is professor of medieval history at the Universitat Bonn, Germany.
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