"From the Hammer to the Cross". This audiobook is EXCELLENT. The author narrates with great responsibility and precision the life (and times) of Charlemagne from his ancestor (The Hammer) to his disappointing heir (The Cross). The main character is brought to life in a very special way: he seems like one's close acquaintance once you get to know him. We are, unwittingly, familiarized with the whole world history of his time (at least the one that matters): Empress Irene and successors in Constatinople, Harun-Al-Rashid in Bagdad, The kings of Mercia and the petty kingdoms of northern Spain. Another interesting feature is the portrayal of the ambivalent and complex relationship between our character and the popes (Stephen, Hadrian and Leo). It's like a novel, only better because it isn't. Buy this audiobook, it will make you a better person (or at least better informed).
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