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Emperor of the West


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Preface. Maps. Introduction. Gods, Kings and Franks. From Prince to King. The Kingdom at War. Crown Imperial. Aristocratic Power and Carolingian Calculation. Charlemagne and the Institutions of Carolingian Government. The Economic Basis of Civilization. The Carolingian Cultural Renaissance. The Survival and Revival of Empire. Primary Source References. Secondary Source References. Index. List of Illustrations.

About the Author

Hywel Williams is a historian, journalist and broadcaster. He is the author of the political expose Guilty Men, Cassell's Chronology of World History (2005) and Britain's Power Elites (2006). His Quercus credits include Days that Changed the World (2006) and Sun Kings (2007).


'a substantial and worthwhile volume ... a valuable book' Journal of Ecclesiastical History. * Journal of Ecclesiastical History *
'A magisterial survey of the great European emperor, of the Latin culture of his court and the political extent of his domains' A.N. Wilson, Observer. * Observer *
'This scholarly and meticulously researched biography is a book one really does want to read' Simon Heffer, Sunday Telegraph. * Sunday Telegraph *
'Excellent and thought-provoking ... tells the story of an iconic figure for the new Europe' Tom Shippey, Times Literary Supplement. * Times Literary Supplement *

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