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Emperor of the World: Charlemagne and the Construction of Imperial Authority, 800-1229

Anne A. Latowsky


Charlemagne never traveled farther east than Italy, but by the mid-tenth century a story had begun to circulate about the friendly alliances that the emperor had forged while visiting Jerusalem and Constantinople. The story gained wide currency throughout the Middle Ages. This book traces the history of this myth. The legend incorporates apocalyptic themes such as the succession of world monarchies at the End of Days and the prophecy of the Last Roman Emperor. Charlemagne's apocryphal journey to the East increasingly resembled the eschatological final journey of the Last Emperor, who was expec ... More

Keywords: Charlemagne, Last Roman Emperor, myth, legend, Roman authority, Henry IV, Frederick Barbarossa, Christian universalism, Roman universalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451485
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451485.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne A. Latowsky, author
Associate Professor in the Department of World Languages, the University of South Florida