This is classic "great man" history, focusing mainly on emperors and popes. Given my general lack of any knowledge about early medieval Germany, though, it served as an excellent overview. Prof. Henderson is a very engaging writer whose personality shows through. And, given when it was written, there were very few places where he seemed out of touch with modern sensibilities. Of course, there has been an enormous amount of research done since this was written, but as a (free) introduction, it was more than worth the time. My only complaint is that, I suppose following late 19th century usage, he referred to certain cities by their French rather than German names. I was halfway through before I realized that Mayence was Mainz. But then, maybe I'm just slow.