During Charlemagne's time, life was full of ordinary difficulties: the food supply could be depleted quickly by a bad growing season; most people had no access to artificial lighting; childbearing was extremely dangerous for both the child and the mother. This book covers topics ranging from food, clothing, housing, the intellectual life at court, the military life, the monastic life, and everything in between, giving readers a compelling portrait of how life was lived in the early Middle Ages.
Charlemagne's impact on the world is virtually unparalleled. Had he not built his empire and encouraged what became known as the Carolingian renaissance, much of the ancient Roman culture would have been lost, and Christianity may have died in the West. Yet on a personal level, people of Charlemagne's age lived as they had for hundreds of years.
Chronology Introduction: The Age of Charlemagne Charlemagnes Royal Court Feudalism and the Military Life of the Common People: Housing, Food, Clothing The Economy: Work, Agriculture, Trade, Markets The Church: Religion, Monasticism, Education Science and Medicine Leisure and Games The Carolingian Renaissance: Art, Literature, and Libraries The Carolingian Legacy Glossary of Terms Further Reading Index