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Charles The Bald

1st Edition

By Janet L. Nelson

Routledge

364 pages

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This important and long-awaited study is the first full-scale biography of Charlemagne's grandson, King of the West Franks from 843 to 877, and Emperor from 875. Posterity has not been kind to Charles or his age, seeing him as a fatally weak ruler in decadent times, threatened by Viking invaders and overmighty subjects. Janet Nelson, however, reveals an able and resourceful ruler who, under challenging conditions, maintained and enhanced royal authority, and held together the kingdom that, outlasting the Carolingians themselves, in due course became France.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. The Carolingian economy and the State. 3. The context of politics. 4. 823-840: Youthful training.

5. 840-843: Winning a kingdom. 6. 843-849: Challenge and response. 7. 850-858: Competition and crisis. 8. 859-869: Prospects of power. 9. 869-877: Glittering prizes. 10. Epilogue. Appendix 1: Charles the Bald's palace personnel. Appendix 2: the beneficaries of the charters of Charles the Bald. Bibliography. Genealogical tables. Maps. Index.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS037010
HISTORY / Medieval