With the 1200th anniversary of Charlemagne’s death, the Karlsjahr begins

Interior of Aachen cathedral

Today marks the 1200 anniversary of the death of the Emperor Charlemagne in Aachen, which will be hosting three exhibitions to commemorate his life. Since Europhiles like to think of Charles as The Father of Europe, this is just the beginning of a year-ago celebration. My Twitter feed is overflowing with Tweets from leading EU politicos trying to horn in on the act.

More useful for the readers of this page, the blog Medieval Histories marks the event by posting brief reviews of what it considers the best 10 Charlemagne biographies published in the last 15 years in an article, “Charlemagne the Man.” Students might find a review of 8 “Books on Charlemagne” posted on Medievalists.net interesting, as it begins with the “Two Lives of Charlemagne” that I use in class.


About George Vascik, Historian

A 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan, I have taught history at Miami University since 1992. I maintain blogs on teaching Western Civilization and on Great War. My research focuses on anti-Semitism and rural politics in northwest Germany. I am completing a monograph for Bloomsbury Press, Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics. You can follow my project at http://peasantsandjews.org. Along with Mark Sadler, I have published a book of primary documents on the Stab-in-the-Back Myth (Dolchstoßlegende). http://www.dolchstosslegende.com. I also invite you to visit my profession web page at http://georgevascik.org.
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