The Life of Charlemagne


Read by Pamela Nagami

(4.2 stars; 14 reviews)

Charlemagne (Charles the Great) c. 742-814 was King of the Franks, conqueror of Lombard Italy, and on Christmas day 800, was crowned by Pope Leo III as the first Holy Roman Emperor. The author tells us that he "was a man of commanding presence, more than six feet high, with large and lustrous eyes, a rather long nose, a bright and cheerful countenance, and a fine head of hair." Charles was a just ruler, a lover of learning and of women (he married five times). He was a strong supporter of the Church and of the Pope, whose divisive territorial rule in Italy he helped to establish. In this engaging, short biography, the historian Thomas Hodgkin shows how he emerged from his father's Frankish Kingdom on the Rhine to conquer and to govern fierce tribes and to revive for the first time since Rome's fall, the title of Emperor of the West - Summary by Pamela Nagami (8 hr 19 min)

Chapters

Ch. 1: Introduction 18:59 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch: 2, Pt. 1: Early Mayors of the Palace 26:30 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 2, Pt. 2: Early Mayors of the Palace 21:13 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 3: Pippin of Heristal and Charles Martel 28:08 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 4, Pt, 1: Pippin, King of the Franks 19:50 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 4, Pt. 2: Pippin, King of the Franks 22:28 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 4, Pt. 3: Pippin, King of the Franks 24:10 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 5, Pt. 1: Fall of the Lombard Monarchy 23:20 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 5, Pt. 2: Fall of the Lombard Monarchy 19:32 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 6, Pt. 1: The Conversion of the Saxons 20:15 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 6, Pt. 2: The Conversion of the Saxons 22:13 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 7, Pt. 1: Revolts and Conspiracies 8:52 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 7, Pt. 2: Revolts and Conspiracies 23:44 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 8: Roncevales 22:34 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 9: Wars with Avars and Sclaves 21:39 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 10: Relations with the East 34:35 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 11: Carolus Augustus 50:09 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 12, Pt. 1: Old Age 27:33 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 12, Pt. 2: Old Age 23:54 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 13, Pt. 1: Results 20:43 Read by Pamela Nagami
Ch. 13, Pt. 2: Results 18:40 Read by Pamela Nagami

Reviews

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(5 stars)

Charlemagne was certainly one of the most influential rulers of all time. I recommend this work for anyone who has any interest in European history. Another thanks to Pamela for her superb reading.