Sunday, December 03, 2006

Becoming Charlemagne

If you asked me who was the major medieval figure I know the least about, the answer is pretty easy: Charlemagne. I haven't intentionally neglected him, it's just that life is short and learning long.

Wordhoarder Jeff Sypeck seeks to change that with his new book Becoming Charlemagne, which is aimed at popular audiences rather than scholarly audiences (translation: promises not to be boring). I haven't read it yet, but you can find a review of it here.

By the way, the reason I haven't read it yet is that I don't have a copy. In a totally, completely unrelated aside, there are now only 21 shopping days until Christmas. *wink*wink*nudge*nudge*


  1. LOL! Totally unrelated, huh?

  2. Only 21 more days? Well, get out there and buy that thing for me!

    Jeffery Hodges

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  3. "(translation: promises not to be boring)"

    Was it C Rossetti who wrote a poem titled "Promises Like Pie-Crust" after the adage "promises, like pie-crust, are made to be broken?" Not that I've ever read a "popular" non-fiction book that cured insomnia or anything. . . .

    how ya doin', Scott?

  4. I understand there are a few books about the legends surrounding Charlemagne, such as Thomas Bullfinch's Legends of Charlemagne. According to the legends, he actually got visited by a princess from Cathay. :D

    Just thought in this respect that I'd let you folks know I've recently set up a blog on this topic. You can find it at Hope you'll like it. ;)

    Merry Christmas!

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