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  • ISBN 0712602178
  • ISBN13 978-0712602174
  • Language English
  • Author Derek Wilson
  • Publisher Pimlico (September 26, 2006)
  • Pages 528
  • Formats mobi docx lrf doc
  • Category Biography
  • Subcategory Historical
  • Size ePub 1119 kb
  • Size Fb2 1132 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
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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 vernacular.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.From the Hardcover edition.

Derek Wilson is well known through his books, radio and TV appearances, frequent journalistic features and festival appearances as one of the UK's leading narrative historians.

Charlemagne: A Biography by Derek Wilson is not so much a biography as an interesting combination of biography, historical, mythological and political analysis that puts Charlemagne into the context of broader European history up to the present day. Wilson divided his book into three. Wilson divided his book into three parts: Charlemagne the Man, Charlemagne the Emperor, and Charlemagne the Myth

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Derek Wilson is one of our leading biographers.

Wilson deftly chronicles Charlemagne's military exploits, political intrigues and religious devotion. Any lover of history should definitely read something on Charlemagne, and Derek Wilson's biography is a very good place to start. In addition to his military leadership, the emperor initiated a revival of humane learning (the Carolingian Renaissance) and the establishment of a clerical hierarchy that could preach, administer the sacraments properly and oversee matters of the empire.

Barbarian and Emperor. Derek Wilson's biography provides such an opportunity. Informative and even provocative". Published: 04/11/2010. Dimensions: 284mm x 19mm x 152mm.

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The greatest of medieval monarchs, 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

The greatest of medieval monarchs, 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. But that is only the beginning. Charlemagne was a phenomenon and phenomena do not die. Later European leaders from Frederick Barbarossa and Charles V to Louis XIV, Napoleon I and Hitler took Charlemagne as their model.

Charlemagne Charlemagne, stucco statue, probably 9th century; in the church of St. John the Baptist, Müstair . In 812, after unsuccessful war and wearisome negotiation, the Byzantine emperor Michael I recognized Charlemagne’s imperial title

Charlemagne Charlemagne, stucco statue, probably 9th century; in the church of St. John the Baptist, Müstair, Switzerland. In 812, after unsuccessful war and wearisome negotiation, the Byzantine emperor Michael I recognized Charlemagne’s imperial title. It was still a personal title, and Charlemagne was recognized merely as emperor, not as emperor of the Romans; in other words, the emperor in Constantinople maintained his claim to be the only true successor to the Roman Caesars.

An absorbing biography of the great leader who was the bridge between ancient and modern Europe - the first major study in more than twenty-five years. Charlemagne is seen by historians as the bridge between ancient and modern Europe. His Holy Roman Empire was the embodiment of an ideal that inspired leaders as different as Charles V, Napoleon, and Hitler, each of whom sought to make a unified Europe a reality again in his own time.

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Very well-written entertaining history of Charlemagne. The author has a casual modern style that makes enjoyable reading of what can be rather tough going in other books. He provides a lot of information and original sources, so the writing style is not at the cost of information. It's a book for the serious amateur historian or anyone with a mild curiosity. I especially enjoyed the description and analysis of what happened to Charlemagne's legacy and legend after his death. He grew into a mythic figure, and then an iconic symbol for a somewhat diverse series of political and religious descendants. Well worth the time for even a random read.
In depth history of not only the man and his life, but the long term effect of his leadership as a guiding direction for Europe. King Charles was able to unite Europe unlike anything ever done before, largely due to his personality, his force of will and his ability to earn the respect of all involved, from the church rulers to territorial leaders of the day. It was a significant accomplishment that was not matched again for hundreds of years, and even today, finds relevance in the struggles that Europe is having as it pursues at least some economic unity.

Would have gone 5 stars but to really love it fully, you have to be a bit more of a student. The book exceeded any expectations I had for a complete knowledge of the man, and I will probably go back to it over the years to pluck out more info, bite by bite. There's a lot here to sink your teeth into...a huge project by the author that really ties the past and the present together beautifully. A book this comprehensive can only be done by a master historian.
Wilson achieves two goals with this book, first it is a biography of Charlemagne and second it is a study of the movement of political power from the Mediterranean region to Western Europe. Charlemagne inherited vast lands from his father Pepin the Short and from his brother who unfortunately died at age 20 and his lands were immediately absorbed into the lands of Charlemagne. But as Wilson makes clear, the concept of Western Europe as a political entity was forged during his reign. This came about due to multiple factors. One was the influence of Celtic missionaries throughout Gaul and Franconia that immigrated from England and Ireland and practiced an energetic almost evangelical approach to Christianity that was in contrast to the slower moving bureaucratic Christianity that had evolved in Rome. These missionaries and the churches, convents, and monasteries they build were the foundation of schools, infrastructure, and a sense of Christendom which Charlemagne supported as a unifying ideological basis for a common culture in Western Europe and the basis for his power structure. Charlemagne did establish headquarters in Aachen but he moved around constantly throughout his empire. This allowed him first hand contact with the representatives of his government and the nobility of his vast lands. It allowed him to also be constant guard against invasion and to create a moving target for his enemies. He asked personal allegiance from the nobility across the empire and tried to balance local laws with broader laws applied from region to region. He also was able to use his military power to bring Saxony with its wild warriors into his domain as well as Lombardy, the region of Northern Italy dominated by Germanic Lombards and a constant threat to the Pope. Of course expanding the boundaries of an empire does not do away with threat since the new borders will bump against new potential enemies. The Vikings of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway were one threat, the Islamic Spanish were another, and the wild warrior Magyars from Hungary were a third that Charlemagne was required to encounter. Wilson tells us that the development of Christendom and a sense of European identity emerged during the reign of Charlemagne and strengthened his power base.

The first sections of the book are biography and the final sections are commentary on historic trends initiated during the reign of Charlemagne but which can be traced to Louis XIV, Napoleon, and the Hapsburgs of Spain and Austria. Like all powerful rulers, it is rare that sons and grandsons have the same fortitude and will power and this is certainly also the case with Charlemagne. I did find fascinating the lose and fluid mating and bonding during this period. However in a time of little personal property to inherit and the high rates of infant mortality, it is understandable that both concurrent and consecutive sexual partnerships develop. For example, for the Frankish kings, the mistress who bears a son who survives infancy is eligible for marriage.

Wilson also is relatively clear about tribal regions that are now incorporated into nation states. Thus Francia eventually includes Provence, Burgundy, Lombardy, Saxony, and Brittany. Franconia and the Rhineland are the power centers rather than Paris. Whereas Charlemagne was a protector of the Papacy, he determined religious offices within his realm. Wilson also keeps us abreast of the unstable Eastern Roman Empire ruled by Irene including the struggles around spiritualist who use images to seek truth against iconoclasts.

This is a thoughtful biography, placing the life and reign of Charlemagne in a larger framework of emerging and evolving identity and common culture in Western Europe.
When it works, popular history can make a period come alive far better than an academic treatment. This book fails to do so. Instead, what you get is the conventional version of Charlemagne as the architect of the idea of Europe, both from an ideological (read religious) point of view and via the creation of an effective, militarized autocracy. Unfortunately, the reader gets little idea of the man and the times are evoked with only a minimum of flavor.

The book is also oddly structured. The section on Charlemagne is 130 pages, which I believe is far too short to examine such a complex ruler. He was a genius who, by force of personality and leadership ability, helped to establish a coherent culture in Western Europe; he could also protect it from Muslem and barbarian incursions, until the Viking era that began at the end of his reign. You see the antecedents for the Feudalism, how he was unable to pass his competencies to the next generations, and how he sowed the seeds of the inquisitional state, both with his ideology and his relations with the Papal State that conferred legitimacy on him as the prototypical Holy Roman Emperor. Then, the last 70 pages are a disjointed overview of the next 1,200 years, with vague references to Charlemagne's legacy, e.g. how Napoleon and Hitler used him, among others. It is so sketchy and lacking in depth that it cannot serve as a historiography, which could be very interesting as a reflection of various times and circumstances.

There is absolutely nothing original in this book, indeed it reads as if it was compiled from secondary sources. The result is a cursory introduction to Charlemagne that lacks subtlety and even vivid detail, at about the high school AP level, though Wilson is a fluid writer. It was boring, lacked a narrative, and offered little analysis beyond what you can find in wikipedia. I cannot recommend this and will never buy any of the author's books in the future.
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