A History of Charles the Great (Charlemagne)

A History of Charles the Great (Charlemagne)

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A History of Charles the Great (Charlemagne)

A History of Charles the Great (Charlemagne)

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The brief title of this work is sufficiently explicit to mark its character and aim. It is a History of the illustrious Charles, justly surnamed " the Great," whom his contemporaries called by his German name Karl, or the Latin appellative Carolus. The English equivalent of these names, accepted by the best writers, is "Charles." For this reason the French and misleading compound Charlemagne, of much later origin, has been discarded.

In this connection, I may add that proper names, which in the authorities occur in bewildering variety, have been treated on the principle that, this work being designed for readers of English speech, current English forms should be generally preferred to those less familiar to English lips and eyes. It appeared to me whimsical and pedantic to write Donau, Maas, Wilzen, Aachen, Hludowicus, Adalgiso, and Pippin, etc., instead of Danube, Meuse, Welatabians, Aix-la-Chapelle, Louis, Adelchis and Pepin, etc. In uncurrent names, the forms attested by the highest authority have been chosen.

This work has been long in preparation, and for the most part is drawn up from contemporary authorities, such as Annals, Chronicles, Biographies, Letters, Laws, Diplomas, Poems, Epitaphs, etc. The most important of these, accompanied by brief notes chiefly bearing on their critical value, are enumerated in the Appendix.

The material is very copious, and its collection and study have entailed much expenditure in time, labor, and money. It would have been easier to present the subject in three volumes than confine it to the limits of only one volume.

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