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Two Lives of Charlemagne by Einhard
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Aug 22, 2010

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Surprisingly good. Einhard gives a very concise, solid version of Charlemagne's deeds. He can stand proudly among current authors, due to his brevity, references, and his admission of his own bias. Notker is something else entirely. His book is not cohesive, nor is it history. Rather, it is a series of sycophantic anecdotes about a wise king catching wicked bishops, pagans, and other bandits red-handed. Notker does a good job, but it's not the sort of thing that will appeal to most readers.
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Marlaina Connelly i had to read that for a college course in high schoool

Thomas It seems an odd choice. Were they trying to teach about the process of evaluating historical sources?

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