Author(s): Jeff Sypeck
On Christmas morning within the yr 800, Pope Leo III positioned the crown of imperial Rome at the forehead of a Germanic king named Karl. With one gesture, the person later hailed as Charlemagne claimed his empire and ceaselessly formed the future of Europe. Becoming Charlemagne tells the tale of the global energy fight that ended in this world-changing tournament. Illuminating an generation that has lengthy been overshadowed by means of legend, this far-ranging guide displays how the Frankish king and his sensible counselors constructed an empire no longer handiest via battle but additionally by means of cautious international relations. With consummate political ability, Charlemagne partnered with a scandal-ridden pope, fended off a ruthless Byzantine empress, nurtured Jewish communities in his empire, and fostered ties with a well-known Islamic caliph. For 1,200 years, the deeds of Charlemagne captured the creativeness of his descendants, inspiring kings and crusaders, the conquests of Napolon and Hitler, and the positive architects of the European Union. In this enticing narrative, Jeff Sypeck crafts a brilliant portrait of Karl, the ruler who turned into a legend, whilst transporting readers some distance past Europe to the glittering palaces of Constantinople and the streets of medieval Baghdad. Evoking a long-ago global of kings, caliphs, traders, and priests, Becoming Charlemagne brings alive an age of empire construction that continues to resonate as of late.