'… this erudite study sheds much new light on Charlemagne.' NRC Handelsblad
'This is an important study, a reflection of a life spent considering and writing on Carolingian issues. It supersedes existing studies on Charlemagne in English and, to my mind, those in French as well.' The Historical Association
'[A] magisterial study of this historical figure' H-German
'… this book is a mile-stone in Carolingian scholarship, a critically significant reappraisal of the celebrated emperor and of the impact of his rule, and an achievement which cannot fail to stimulate further work on a number of fronts.' English Historical Review
Charlemagne is often claimed as the greatest ruler in Europe before Napoleon. In this magisterial study, Rosamond McKitterick reexamines Charlemagne the ruler and his reputation. This is a major contribution to Carolingian history which will be essential reading for anyone interested in the medieval past.