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Good time Charlie History today

Good time Charlie History today

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This is a great book - but this statement needs context. Charlemagne does not lack biographers. Jinty Nelson lists ten in an early footnote, only in the past 20 years. Why and why add another? On the first of these questions: as Nelson said on his first page, Charlemagne was "exceptional by all standards". Lived from 742 to 814, King of 768, Emperor of the West from 800, ruler of the greatest empire that existed in Europe after the end of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century (except for the short-lived areas of Napoleon and Hitler)) and conquered almost half of which: If he was not exceptional, he was at least extremely lucky. Charlemagne simply means "Charlemagne" in French, Karolus Magnus in Latin; The "Magnus" was not an adjective that was widely...
Is social media good for history?

Is social media good for history?

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"Social media prefers the bizarre, the visual, the cruel" Catherine Fletcher, professor of history at Manchester Metropolitan University and author of Beauty and Terror: An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance (Bodley Head, 2020) At best, social media is a remarkable mechanism for the exchange of ideas, book recommendations and contacts, which makes the life of the historian considerably easier. Last year I attended a conference round table that researched Manchuria, Korea, Russia and Italy, which would not have been possible without Twitter. Archiving can be isolating and social media an excellent virtual water cooler, a place to share jokes and amusing stories, like the secret of the shrinking crocodile that kept me and my followers busy when I was working on the ...