Two Lives of Charlemagne

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Penguin, Sep 30, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
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Two revealingly different accounts of the life of the most important figure of the Roman Empire

Charlemage ?known as the father of Europe?was one of the most powerful and dynamic of all medieval rulers. The biographies brought together here provide a rich and varied portrait of the king from two perspectives: that of Einhard, a close friend and adviser, and of Notker, a monastic scholar and musician writing fifty years after Charlemagne?s death.


 

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Contents

EINHARD
NOTKER
Introduction
NOTES
Introduction
NOTES
THE LIFE OF CHARLEMAGNE
THE DEEDS OF CHARLEMAGNE
THE RISE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
THE CAMPAIGNS OF ALEXANDER ARRIAN
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EINHARD was born of noble parents in the Main valley around A.D. 770. He became a friend of Charlemagne and his family, and was chosen to invite Charlemagne to crown his son as his successor in 813. After Charlemagne's death he was a loyal servant of Louis the Pious, and he died in 840. NOTKER BALBULUS ( The Stammerer) was born near the monastery of St Gall, in Switzerland, around 840, and entered the monastery as a boy. He wrote his account of Charlemagne for the Emperor Charles the Fat between 884 and 887. He also composed a book of sequences with music, a Martyrology (897), and poems, letters and charters. He taught at the monastic school until his death in 912.David Gantz is Professor of English at Kings College, London.

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