By Evaleen Stein

ISBN-10: 1599152444

ISBN-13: 9781599152448

Throughout the eyes of Rainolf, a boy on the courtroom of Charlemagne, we seize a glimpse of existence within the Frankish state, together with gown, occupations, and amusements. We find out how Charlemagne introduced Alcuin from England to set up faculties in his country and the way he inspired the improvement of the humanities, together with the recitation of poetry reminiscent of the tune of Roland. We listen approximately Einhard, an in depth affiliate of Charlemagne, who wrote a biography of him after his dying. ultimately, we commute to Rome to determine Charlemagne topped Holy Roman Emperor on Christmas Day in 800 A.D. appropriate for a while eight and up.

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Rainolf fairly held his breath and stared with all his eyes as the stately figure drew near; for he had been in the palace only a short time and had seen but little of the King whose many affairs of state and various wars kept him often away from Aachen. Rainolf had heard so much of the great deeds of Charlemagne, how six Kings called themselves his vassals, and how his fame was known and talked of all the way from Bagdad to Britain, that to the boy he seemed quite like the hero of some wonder tale,—as indeed he was!

Meantime Rainolf, having scrambled to his feet, began ruefully to brush the dust from his tunic of white linen and his legs wrapped in strips of the same material cross-gartered with knitted bands of blue wool. One of the boys good-naturedly picked up his round blue cap, while another handed him the roll of parchment which had been the cause of his trouble. " "Yes," replied Rainolf, "he was a friend of my father, and mother said for me to go to see him when I came to Aachen. " Here the boys gathered around Rainolf again as he unrolled his parchment, and they all looked it over trying to puzzle out its meaning.

His father had had his own armorer; there was a stable for his war horses; there was a small mill where they ground the grain raised by the peasants on the castle lands; there were rooms where his mother and her maids spun and wove and embroidered;—though as Rainolf looked at the wonderful tapestries hanging on the palace walls he could not but admit they were more beautiful than those his mother had so carefully made for their home and which he had always before thought the finest in all the world.

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