Charlemagne : father of a continent

Alessandro Barbero ; translated by Allan Cameron

The most important study of Charlemagne in a generation, this biography by distinguished medievalist Alessandro Barbero illuminates both the man and the world in which he lived. Charles the Great--Charlemagne--reigned from a.d. 768 to a.d. 814. At the time if his death, his empire stretched across Europe to include Bavaria, Saxony, parts of Spain, and Italy. With a remarkable grasp of detail and a sweeping knowledge of Carolingian institutions and economy, Barbero not only brings Charlemagne to life with accounts of his physical appearance, tastes and habits, family life, and ideas and actions but also conveys what it meant to be king of the Franks and, later, emperor. He recounts how Charlemagne ruled his empire, kept justice, and waged wars. He vividly describes the nature of everyday life at that time, how the economy functioned, and how Christians perceived their religion. Barbero's absorbing analysis of how concepts of slavery and freedom were subtly altered as feudal relations began to grow underscores the dramatic changes that the emperor's wars brought to the political landscape. Engaging and informed by deep scholarship, this latest account provides a new and richer context for considering one of history's most fascinating personalities.

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  • Introduction: Paderborn, Summer of 799 1. The Frankish Tradition 2. The War against the Lombards 3. Wars against the Pagans 4. The Rebirth of Empire 5. Charlemagne and Europe 6. The Man and His Family 7. Government of the Empire: The Institutions 8. Government of the Empire: The Resources 9. Government of the Empire: The Justice System 10. An Intellectual Project 11. The Frankish Military Machine 12. A New Economy 13. Patronage and Servitude 14. Old Age and Death Notes Bibliography Index

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書名 Charlemagne : father of a continent
著作者等 Barbero, Alessandro
Cameron, Allan
書名別名 Carlo Magno
出版元 University of California Press
刊行年月 c2004
ページ数 426 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0520239431
NCID BA71083806
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言語 英語
原文言語 イタリア語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国