The Life of Charlemagne (Einhard)

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Einhard was employed by Charlemagne as a court historian. At the request of Charlemagne's son and successor Louis the Pious, he wrote a biography of Charlemagne, the Vita Karoli Magni or Life of Charlemagne (c. 817–830), which provides much direct information about Charlemagne's life and character. In composing this he made full use of the Frankish Royal annals. Einhard's literary model was the classical work of the Roman historian Suetonius, the Lives of the Caesars. (summary adapted from Wikipedia by K. Merline) (1 hr 14 min)


A Window into a Great Life from Centuries Ago

(5 stars)

How interesting to listen to a book that was written in the 9th century! This book was an arresting peek into history. A document such as this ought to be required reading in our schools. Much thanks to the readers. Many of us appreciate what you do.

A soild biography, well read

(3 stars)

Will appeal to people interested in medieval history