The book offers a critical examination of the contemporary sources and in so doing transforms our understanding of the development of the carolingian empire the formation of carolingian political identity and the astonishing changes effected throughout charlemagnes forty six year period of rule. Charlemagne is often claimed as the greatest ruler in europe before napoleon this magisterial study re examines charlemagne the ruler and his reputation it analyses the narrative representations of charlemagne produced after his death and thereafter focuses on the evidence from charlemagnes lifetime concerning the creation of the carolingian dynasty and the growth of the kingdom the court . Charlemagne the formation of a european identityby rosamond mckitterick new york cambridge university press 2008 478 pp 8000 cloth 2800 paper. In this work we examine the european identity from the perspective of a national identity facing its potentialities both if we consider objective factors history culture territory . Nevertheless in broad terms it can be stated that the book depicts charlemagnes significance for the formation of a european identity as resting in the creation and development of to use a term assuredly not employed by the author a particular power knowledge complex which can be broken down into three parts
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