Charlemagne by Derek Wilson

By Derek Wilson

An soaking up biography of the good chief who used to be the bridge among historical and glossy Europe — the 1st significant research in additional than twenty-five years.Charlemagne used to be a unprecedented determine: an creative army strategist, a smart yet ruthless chief, a crafty flesh presser, and a religious believer who ensured the survival of Christianity within the West. He additionally believed himself above the foundations of the church, siring bastards throughout Europe, and coldly ordering the execution of 4,500 prisoners. Derek Wilson indicates how this advanced, interesting guy married the army could of his military to the religious strength of the Church in Rome, thereby forging Western Christendom. it is a extraordinary portrait of Charlemagne and of the complicated political, spiritual, and cultural global he ruled.

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