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Two Lives of Charlemagne by Einhard

Two Lives of Charlemagne

by Einhard, Notker, Notker the Stammerer, Lewis G. M. Thorpe (Translator)

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How can you not like a book written by someone called 'Notker the Stammerer'? ( )
  Eyejaybee | Sep 24, 2015 |
The lives are well served by their translator. The prose seems lively, and the introduction is very informative. These lives were originally written by Einhard between 824 and 836, and by Notker in 883 84. Einhard's work was a personal memoir, as he spent at least twenty-three years in the service of the Frankish king. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Feb 21, 2014 |
*note to self.copy from Al.
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
This small volume contains two biographies of Charlemagne, one by a man who knew him, the other written within 100 years of his death. The translated biographies are interesting for their style, attitudes and anecdotes. The commentary points out when the biographies make factual errors or omissions and the sources of some of the references to sources like the Bible or the Aeneid. The personalities of both writers and of the translator come through, which I sometimes found amusing and sometimes found annoying. ( )
1 vote khkeeler | Aug 30, 2011 |
I just can't write a review better than the one that "a customer" wrote over at Amazon:

As the title suggests, this book reveals the incredible 'two lives' of Charlemagne. By day, Emperor of the Franks - by night, a nightclub singer in the sleazy joints of downtown Aachen. ( )
  Nickelini | Nov 8, 2008 |
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Einhardprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Notkermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Notker the Stammerermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Thorpe, Lewis G. M.Translatormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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The Merovingian dynasty, from which the Franks were accustomed to choose their king, is thought to have lasted down to King Childeric III, who was deposed on the order of Stephen II, the Pope of Rome. (Einhard)
He, who ordains the fate of kingdoms and the march of the centuries, the all-powerful Disposer of events, having destroyed one extraordinary image, that of the Romans, which had, it was true, feet of iron, or even feet of clay, then raised up, among the Franks, the golden head of a second image, equally remarkable, in the person of the illustrious Charlemagne. (Notker)
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