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Charlemagne is one of the most fascinating and most important figures of the Middle Ages. I was hoping for some insight into his personality, a compelling story along the lines of Jack Weatherford's "Genghis Khan." This was not that book. It is exhaustive in detail, but I don't have any more of a mental or emotional picture of the man than I did before I read it. The book is so disorganized. It jumps back and forth in time, back to his father's actions, forward to his last days, back to his youth, with nothing to bind it to a coherent story. It has no flow and no personality. A better narrator might have done a bit more with it - Stewart is so very stilted - but even so, there is a limit to what even the best reader could do. I was so disappointed.
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This would be better titled Miscellaneous Ramblings, Speculations, and Irrelevancies Regarding the Middle Ages by a dis-organized researcher. As another reviewer commented comparing this book with the book on Ghengis Khan is like comparing random notes with a masterpiece. Unless you are an academic who cares not about substance, writing style, direction, organization, cohesion or a serious interest in the alleged subject matter do not bother to read it. My only hope is that the reason Harvard supported the book is because the research is accurate.
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There seemed to be a great deal made of the fact that there was little verifiable evidence of Charlemagne‘s birth, life and life events. I found the content very dry.
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