King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne

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6.3 X 9.1 X 2.1 inches | 2.3 pounds

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About the Author
Janet L. Nelson, DBE, is Professor Emerita of Medieval History at King's College London, where she taught for many years. She has written and translated widely on early medieval Europe, and her books include Charles the Bald, The Frankish World, and Courts, Elites, and Gendered Power in the Early Middle Ages.
"Janet Nelson has succeeded in delivering "a new life" of Charles. Her long-awaited biography invites us to understand the man in ways that are original and penetrating."--Financial Times
"In her impressive new biography, Janet L Nelson meticulously sifts all the available evidence [on Charlemagne]. At the start she notes (a little terrifyingly) that some 7,000 charters survive from his reign. You can believe she has looked at every single one, so thorough and expansive is this work of scholarship. . . .Nelson uses literary sources adroitly, supplementing more prosaic charter and annalistic evidence with moving poetry."--Daily Telegraph
"Nelson has produced a remarkable, learned text, unlike any other study of Charlemagne in recent years."--Sunday Times
"Experts. . . .will hail this as a major work"--Sunday Telegraph
"If Nelson expects a lot of her readers, it's because she has so much to offer. This is by any measure a superb book. Charlemagne ... has finally found an equally great modern biographer."--Literary Review
"Helen Castor's endorsement - 'a masterclass in the practice of history' - is as good a description of this brilliant new biography as we are likely to get"--Spectator
"King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne" takes on the compelling suspense of good detective work as well as good history. . . . Janet L. Nelson comes as close as one can to approaching this extraordinary man."--Patrick J. Geary, "Wall Street Journal "
"...[Janet Nelson] assembles an astonishingly rich picture from the most unrewarding of texts. The way she puzzles out probable facts and motivations, based on a complete reading of the existing texts, is a joy to witness. She draws on and shows off the clever work of earlier historians, while giving short shrift to their more biased assumptions. The narrative voice emerges as that of a patient, inquisitive, incisive and helpful master detective, with funny asides, a beautiful style and sensible politics."--Times Literary Supplement
"In crafting her new biography of the tremendous king, the British historian Janet L. Nelson has trawled well-traveled waterways and obscure rivulets alike to fish out the historical figure as he acted and thought."--The New Criterion
" immense achievement - brilliantly learned and profoundly wise, it is as revelatory about the practice of history as it is about the great man himself."--History Extra
""There have been countless studies of Charlemagne in many languages...but few have been as ambitiously biographical as Nelson's. Historians of early medieval Europe are trained to interpret scattered clues and fragments, however, and Nelson is one of the very best."--London Review of Books
"Janet L. Nelson's meticulous biography of Charlemagne is as magisterial as the man himself."--The American Conservative