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New Jersey
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Washington, D.C., USA
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Lecturer in History
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University of Maryland

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Mustygusher | Dec 19, 2022 |
Becoming Charlemagne mostly concerns the Frankish King Karl who ruled a considerable part of Europe and who was crowned Emperor in Rome by Pope Leo on Christmas morning in 800 A.D. This is not so much a biography as a snapshot of Karl and his kingdom in the years just before and after this momentous event. Also, we have similar snapshots of the other two major empires of the time and how they interacted. There is also some discussion about the way legends grew up around him so that he was remembered as Charles the Great or Charlemagne, especially in contrast to his not so great heirs.

There were a lot of interesting stories in Sypeck's narrative along with many quotes from sources contemporary to Karl. Many of the characters were ones unfamiliar to me and I particularly liked the story of Isaac's diplomatic mission to Baghdad and his return with an elephant in tow. A nice introduction for those who know little about this period in history.
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hailelib | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 23, 2015 |
This is a popular account of the years around 800 when Charlemagne was crowned emperor. It cuts between scenes with Charlemagne, scenes with the Empress Irene of Byzantium, and scenes with the Caliph Harun al-Rashid in Bagdad. There is a focus on the embassy of Isaac the Jew from Charlemagne to Harun and Isaac's return with the gift of an elephant. I had known of the episode but I had not realized the poor elephant managed to survive close to a decade in Germany.
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antiquary | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 3, 2013 |
This short history is more a summary of Charlemagne's life and an outline of the state of Europe, Byzantium and the Muslim world around the year 800 AD than it is an exploration of the process by which Karl, king of the Franks, became the legendary Charlemagne. It is, however, a great read, with interesting details and stories that made the people and places in the book seem very real.
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nmele | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 6, 2013 |

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