Becoming Charlemagne: Europe, Baghdad, and the Empires of by Jeff Sypeck

By Jeff Sypeck

On Christmas morning within the yr 800, Pope Leo III put the crown of imperial Rome at the forehead of a Germanic king named Karl—a gesture that enabled the fellow later hailed as Charlemagne to say his empire and ceaselessly form the future of Europe. Becoming Charlemagne tells the tale of the overseas strength fight that ended in this world-changing occasion, illuminating an period that has lengthy been overshadowed by means of myth.

For 1,200 years, the deeds of Charlemagne encouraged kings and crusaders, the conquests of Napoléon and Hitler, and the confident architects of the ecu Union. during this enticing narrative, Jeff Sypeck crafts a brilliant portrait of the ruler who grew to become a legend, whereas evoking a long-ago global of kings, caliphs, retailers, and priests. Transporting readers a ways past Europe to the glittering palaces of Constantinople and the streets of medieval Baghdad, Becoming Charlemagne brings alive an age of empire construction that keeps to resonate to this day.

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