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Charlemagne & France : a thousand years of mythology

Author: Robert Morrissey
Publisher: Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, ©2003.
Series: Laura Shannon series in French medieval studies.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Charlemagne, claimed by the Church as a saint, by the French as their greatest king, by the Germans as their compatriot, by the Italians as their emperor, heads all modern histories in one way or another; he is the creator of a new order of things," wrote the historian Sismondi in 1821. In this fascinating book, available for the first time in an English translation, Robert Morrissey explores a millennium's worth  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Morrissey, Robert John, 1947-
Charlemagne & France.
Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, c2003
(OCoLC)606934415
Online version:
Morrissey, Robert John, 1947-
Charlemagne & France.
Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, c2003
(OCoLC)607927800
Named Person: Charlemagne, Emperor; Charlemagne, Emperor; Charlemagne, Emperor; Charlemagne, Emperor; Charlemagne, empereur; Charlemagne, empereur; Charlemagne, empereur; Charlemagne, empereur; Charlemagne, empereur; Kaiser I ) Karl (Römisch-Deutsches Reich; Charlemagne, Emperor
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Morrissey
ISBN: 0268022771 9780268022778
OCLC Number: 50510760
Description: xxi, 391 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: Between myth and history: Magic of origins --
Poetic space, political reflection --
rewriting history --
Call for reality, a need for myth --
Ubiquity to oblivion: National past in the classical age --
Saving the monarchy, establishing the republic --
Conquer and to sing praises --
Comments: Waning power of the figure of charlemagne.
Series Title: Laura Shannon series in French medieval studies.
Other Titles: Empereur à la barbe fleurie.
Charlemagne and France
Responsibility: Robert Morrissey ; translated by Catherine Tihanyi.
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