Charlemagne's Mustache: And Other Cultural Clusters of a Dark Age (The New Middle Ages)

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9781403962232: Charlemagne's Mustache: And Other Cultural Clusters of a Dark Age (The New Middle Ages)
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Charlemagne's Mustache presents the reader with seven engaging studies, 'thick descriptions', of cultural life and thought in the Carolingian world. The author begins by asking questions. Why did Charlemagne have a mustache and why did hair matter? Why did the king own peacocks and other exotic animals? Why was he writing in bed and could he write at all? How did medieval kings become stars? How were secrets kept and conveyed in the early Middle Ages? And why did early medieval peoples believe in storm and hailmakers? The answers, he found, are often surprising.

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PAUL EDWARD DUTTON is a Professor of History and Humanities at Simon Fraser University in Canada and holds doctorates from the University of Toronto and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. Among his several books are The Politics of Dreaming in the Carolingian Empire, The Autograph of Eriugena written with Edouard Jeauneau (Brepols, 1996), and The Poetry and Paintings of the First Bible of Charles the Bald written with Herbert L. Kessler (The University of Michigan Press, 1997).

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