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Charlemagne by Derek Wilson
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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. 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. Yet Charlemagne was a semi-civilised barbarian chief, with no knowledge of classical culture. his looming monolith was a man of contradictions- a champion of the Christian Church who sat loose to its rules; an enthusiast for scholarship who never learned to write; a great conqueror whose empire barely survived his own death; a pietist (later canonized) who freely indulged his animal passions and sired a score of bastards; an affable companion and a tyrant who could order the execution of 4,500 prisoners of war. His life and achievements form an enthralling narrative. ut 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. His growing mythology inspired the Crusad

Author Biography

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. Among his critically-acclaimed and bestselling books are Sweet Robin- Robert Dudley, Rothschild- A Story of Wealth and Power; Earl of Leicester, The King and the Gentleman- Charles Stuart and Oliver Cromwell, 1599-1649 (Pimlico 2000); In the Lion's Court- Power, Ambition and Sudden Death in the Reign of Henry VIII (Pimlico 2002); All the King's Women- Love, Sex and Politics in the Life of Charles II (Pimlico 2004) and Hans Holbein- Portrait of an Unknown Man (Pimlico, July 2006),
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August 1st, 2006
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United Kingdom
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