Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

An Annotated Bibliography of Printed and Online Primary Sources for the Middle Ages

Source Details

Turner, Samuel Epes, The Life of Charlemagne (New York: Harper & Brothers. Reprint Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.) Read this source online

Text name(s): The Life of Charlemagne

Number of pages of primary source text: 0


Dates: 742 - 840

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin


  • Translated into English.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • France


Record Types: 

  • Chronicle, Annals
  • Memoir

Subject Headings: 

  • Government
  • Carolingians
  • Royalty / Monarchs
  • War - Military History


  • Introduction


Einhard was brought to Charlemagne’s court to help Charlemagne with his intellectual pursuits. Einhard was a close confidant of Charlemagne, and thus his biography provides a rather intimate portrait of the man, although recent scholars have questioned Einhard’s motives for writing the text and their effect on its accuracy. The complete text can be found on the Internet Medieval Sourcebook website, without any scholarly apparatus. It is also available at

Introduction Summary: 

The reprint edition has an introduction by Sidney Painter.

Cataloger: mk