Two Lives of Charlemagne : The Life of Charlemagne; Charlemagne, Paperback

Two Lives of Charlemagne : The Life of Charlemagne; Charlemagne Paperback

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Einhard's "Life of Charlemagne" is an absorbing chronicle of one of the most powerful and dynamic of all medieval rulers, written by a close friend and adviser.

In elegant prose it describes Charlemagne's personal life, details his achievements in reviving learning and the arts, recounts his military successes and depicts one of the defining moments in European history: Charlemagne's coronation as emperor in Rome on Christmas Day 800 AD.

By contrast, Notker's account, written some decades after Charlemagne's death, is a collection of anecdotes rather than a presentation of historical facts.




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I just can't write a review better than the one that "a customer" wrote over at Amazon: As the title suggests, this book reveals the incredible 'two lives' of Charlemagne. By day, Emperor of the Franks - by night, a nightclub singer in the sleazy joints of downtown Aachen.