Becoming Charlemagne

Becoming Charlemagne

<p>On Christmas morning in the year 800, Pope Leo III placed the crown of imperial Rome on the brow of a Germanic king named Karl. With one gesture, the man later hailed as Charlemagne claimed his empire and forever shaped the destiny of Europe. <em>Becoming Charlemagne</em> tells the story of the international power struggle that led to this world-changing event.</p><p>Illuminating an era that has long been overshadowed by legend, this far-ranging book shows how the Frankish king and his wise counselors built an empire not only through warfare but also by careful diplomacy. With consummate political skill, Charlemagne partnered with a scandal-ridden pope, fended off a ruthless Byz

Jeff Sypeck
HarperCollins

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