Vita Karoli Magni / The Life of Charlemagne
Bilingual Edition (Latin/English) by Evelyn S. Firchow and Edwin H. Zeydel +
1985, 95 p. 19,- €
Einhard's Vita Karoli Magni is a unique document of the early Middle Ages, both from a historical and a literary point of view. It is a personal account by a close associate of the life,
character, and achievements of the greatest ruler of his time, Charlemagne, a man who had a decisive impact on the history of Western Europe. Charlemagne's character, wisdom, courage, and actions
shaped the political map of Europe in a way that would decisively mark the trend of Western culture for cenuries to come. This alone would explain why the study of his life remains perpetually
fascinating to the general public as well as to the historian.
This translation is presented side-by-side with the original Latin text and is enhanced by the translator's introduction, which tells us about Einhard's life
and clarifies questions that have been posed about his work.
About the translators:
Evelyn S. Firchow, born in Vienna, studied at the universities of Vienna, Texas, Manitoba, and Harvard, where she received her Ph.D. Presently a professor of German
at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Firchow has published numerous articles and books, including a German translation of Einhard's Vita Karoli Magni.
The late Edwin H. Zeydel, professor of German languages and literature and fellow of the Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati, received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Dr. Zeydel was the author of over forty books and died in 1973.
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