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    Matthias Becher(Author) David Stewart Bachrach(Translator)
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, Mathias Becher provides a wealth of information about a remarkable man and his times.Among the topics Becher discusses are Charlemagne's rise to emperor and his political and military maneuvering against the Saxons, the Lombards, and others; the ways in which laws and language in these lands were reformed and revised; and the tensions that emerged in Charlemagne's court between modern ideas and traditional thinking.He concludes by discussing the effects of Charlemagne's reign and his posthumous fame."Becher suceeds in combining a masterful account of life stages of the 'powerful figure' and the myth of Charlemagne with a precise and impressive representation of his era" - Die Zeit

"An excellent introduction."--"Historical Association Review""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"An excellent introduction."--Historical Association Review"A remarkably informed, informative, and admirably up-to-date 'personal interpretation' of the Frankish emperor's character, reign, and legacy. . . . Highly recommended."--Choice "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 "An excellent introduction."--Historical Association Review "A solid overview of the reign of Charlemagne. . . . The text serves as a solid introduction to one of the most important historical figures for any European country. . . . Easily accessible and is written well enough to hold the reader's interest. Becher is careful not to get bogged down in minutiae and is able to show Charlemagne as a human ruler with faults, but also with an ability to rise above them. The organizational style of the book also lends itself well to accessibility of information, making this text an excellent reference tool."--Jolyon Timothy Hughes, Rocky Mountain News

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  • By SimonP-B on 21 March 2016

    One of the most badly written books I have ever read. It skips around the facts constantly introducing new subjects without explanation.Tedious and tiresome, I had to give up reading it and I am really interested In the subject.

  • By Barry from Fareham on 8 May 2005

    With only 141 pages of actual text this is more a brief synopsis of the a life that altered European history and culture.Well informed it suffers from the feeling that it is a translation with it's use of English. That said it will form part of the newer reference books on the subject along with Barbero's "Father of a Continent".Both books opt for a subject driven style and not a historical progession which ristricts the biographical feel for Charlemagne. The Emperor's motivations and rationals are explored but in our terms, there is no sense of empathy with the man by the books end.The questions first raised in Charles Edward Russell's "First of the Moderns" still remain but Russell is still the more entertaining read.

  • By a_shopper on 28 November 2014

    excellent service and product

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