Charlemagne Summary

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We know a good deal about Charles the Great because we have two biographies of him written
by men who were close to him. The more important of these is by Einhard.

Einhard describes Charles as being moderately tall (around six feet tall) and powerfully
built with a thick neck and deep chest. He had the red hair and blue eyes of his tribe and
was possessed of both strength and stamina.

He was typical of the Franks in his love for hunting and for feasting, but Einhard notes
that his king drank in moderation--a mere three cups of wine with a meal.

Charlemagne was an ambitious king, aggressive and ruthless, but equally notable was his
perseverance, his ability to carry through on a plan. He was not a great general, but he
was a dogged campaigner and was often able to wear the enemy down through sheer force.
Indeed, one of his more important attributes was his physical energy. Einhard notes that
Charlemagne was able to work longer and harder than his commanders or his secretaries.

He was no intellectual, but he had a keen mind and appreciated literature, which he had
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