“Two Lives of Charlemagne: The Biography, History and Legend of King Charlemagne, Ruler of the Frankish Empire” by Einhard & the Monk of St. Gall. Translated & introduced by Arthur James Grant.
This splendid edition contains both ancient biographies of Charles the Great by Einhard and the Monk of St. Gall, edited, translated and introduced by Arthur James Grant.
Charlemagne is often termed the father of modern Europe, in that he implemented the earliest foundations of Germany, France, Holland and Belgium.
Demonstrating great talents in both war and peace, Charles the Great was able to unite much of Europe to an extent unseen since the time of the Roman Empire.
Although Charlemagne only reigned for fourteen years, his actions while on the Frankish throne were of far-ranging consequence. His wars against the Saxons, his expedition into Muslim Spain, and his strengthening of relations with the Papacy of Rome helped solidify Christianity within the European continent.
Although his reign was violent, it ushered in civilization to Europe via unification of its peoples.