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The birth of France : warriors, bishops, and long-haired kings

Author: Katharine Scherman
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Random House, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The rulers of Frankish Gaul exuded crude vitality and a freewheeling spirit. Sadistic Queen Fredegund, known for her magnetic sexual allure, favored assassination as the most convenient way to dispose of her enemies. Emperor Lothair kept six women as lovers under his various roofs; dying at age 77, his last words were an enraged cry against the God who had dared to lay low a great king. His father, Clovis, a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Scherman, Katharine.
Birth of France.
New York, N.Y. : Random House, ©1987
(OCoLC)570895821
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katharine Scherman
ISBN: 0394560892 9780394560892
OCLC Number: 14717004
Description: 323 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Genealogy of the Merovingian Kings --
Prelude: The Forgotten Kings --
PART I: WARRIORS AND BISHOPS: Roman Gaul --
The Germans --
Christianity --
PART II: THE LONG-HAIRED KINGS: Clovis --
The sons of Clovis --
Gregory's Kings --
Fredegund and Brunhild --
PART III: THE TRANSITION: The mayors of the palace --
The Merovingian Legacy.
Responsibility: Katharine Scherman.

Abstract:

The rulers of Frankish Gaul exuded crude vitality and a freewheeling spirit. Sadistic Queen Fredegund, known for her magnetic sexual allure, favored assassination as the most convenient way to dispose of her enemies. Emperor Lothair kept six women as lovers under his various roofs; dying at age 77, his last words were an enraged cry against the God who had dared to lay low a great king. His father, Clovis, a Catholic convert, led a ruthless career of conquest with all the radiance of a consecrated hero. This full-blooded chronicle maps the troubled centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire when poetic, inventive Celts and pragmatic Romans merge with tough Franks on the Christian soil that became medieval France. Scherman (The Flowering of Ireland takes her saga through the last Merovingian "sluggard kings" dissolute, weak, lazy -- up to Charles, the Christian savior of Europe, who used the church as a war chest to underwrite his military campaigns. This is a rare appreciation of the literary, artistic, architectural, and musical aspects of the culture.

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