The first book traces the history of the Saxons from their arrival by sea to what is today northwestern Germany through the Carolingian dynasty to the career of Henry I as duke of Saxony (912-36) and king of the East Frankish/German realm (919-36).
In the Carolingian dynasty, it was the custom that after a contest between different claimants to the throne, the successful candidate would cut the hair of his rivals in order to disqualify them to assume power.
While early missions to northern Europe, notably those sponsored by pope Gregory the Great (590-604 CE), advocated a pragmatic approach bordering on religious syncretism, the situation had dramatically changed when in the eighth and ninth centuries such efforts came under the aegis of the ascendant Carolingian dynasty. The martyrdom of Boniface (d.
This reader would have liked to know more about Theodore's correspondence with the papacy, his respect for papal authority, and Michael I Rhangabe's rapprochement with the Carolingian dynasty during the time when Theodore was an imperial advisor.
Born in AD 742 (or perhaps 743), Charlemagne was the son of Pippin the Short, the founder of the Carolingian dynasty, and the grandson of Charles the Hammer, who inaugurated the era of Carolingian conquest but never wore the crown.