Becoming Charlemagne: Europe, Baghdad, and the Empires of A.D. 800
This book will sit on my reference shelf as an extremely useful source of information about Rome and the Roman Empire, Pope Leo and the conduct of the Christian Church, Christian behaviour, the Franks, Europe in the 8th and 9th centuries, and finally Karl Magnus, the man who became known as Charlemagne. But as a straight read, a biography of the man, I found it hard going. There was just so much detailed information about all the background events leading to the making of Charlemagne, such a wide range of places and people talked about in depth that Karl Magnus kept disappearing. As this was a book about the man becoming Charlemagne, it was frustrating trying to find him amongst the mass of other information.
The book is an excellent source of information about a period of history that is not well known. I suggest readers use it as such and not as a biography.