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By Jeff Sypeck

ISBN-10: 0060797061

ISBN-13: 9780060797065

ISBN-10: 006079707X

ISBN-13: 9780060797072

On Christmas morning within the 12 months 800, Pope Leo III positioned the crown of imperial Rome at the forehead of a Germanic king named Karl. With one gesture, the guy later hailed as Charlemagne claimed his empire and without end formed the future of Europe. Becoming Charlemagne tells the tale of the overseas energy fight that resulted in this world-changing event.

Illuminating an period that has lengthy been overshadowed by means of legend, this far-ranging e-book indicates how the Frankish king and his clever counselors outfitted an empire not just via struggle but in addition via cautious international relations. With consummate political ability, Charlemagne partnered with a scandal-ridden pope, fended off a ruthless Byzantine empress, nurtured Jewish groups in his empire, and fostered ties with a well-known Islamic caliph. For 1,200 years, the deeds of Charlemagne captured the mind's eye of his descendants, inspiring kings and crusaders, the conquests of Napoléon and Hitler, and the confident architects of the ecu Union.

In this attractive narrative, Jeff Sypeck crafts a vibrant portrait of Karl, the ruler who turned a legend, whereas transporting readers a ways past Europe to the glittering palaces of Constantinople and the streets of medieval Baghdad. Evoking a long-ago global of kings, caliphs, retailers, and clergymen, Becoming Charlemagne brings alive an age of empire development that maintains to resonate today.

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