on 13 June 2014
Further to knowing more about Charlemagne, these readings (there are two in the book) provide a very good sense of what it must have been like to live in that period, especially in respect of the overwhealming influence of catholicism at the time, not only in politics, etc. but in how people viewed their world and themselves: What they deemed to be reality. Then again, this is not a book for everyone, as it can be a bit accademic, but I would not be surprised if it was not for a wider audience than it currently enjoys.
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on 12 June 2012
I was interested to read other reviews, and agree that many buyers seemed to think it was historical fiction. Alas, there may be too many on the bandwagon. For me- the best history books are those non-fiction- the real stuff! I advise those who have an interest to get books out which go into the background, using primary sources, contemporary accounts, and list their sources.
This is a gem of a book, with accounts of Karl the Great from 2 viewpoints. It is worth searching Amazon's history selection.