Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

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

Source Details

Thrope, Lewis G.M., trans., Two Lives of Charlemagne (New York: Penguin Classics.)

Text name(s): Vita Karoli Magni; De Carolo Magno

Number of pages of primary source text: 0


Dates: 815 - 884

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin


  • Translated into English.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • France
  • Holy Roman Empire


Record Types: 

  • Literature - Prose
  • Memoir
  • Other

Subject Headings: 

  • Carolingians
  • Historiography
  • Literature - Other
  • Royalty / Monarchs



Einhard’s biography is modeled after classical Roman lives of the emperors, a sophisticated, stylized recounting of Charlemagne’s career by a member of his own court. Notker’s biography, written for Charlemagne’s descendent Charles the Bold, is more anecdotal and more concerned with religious matters than Einhard’s, and covers events after Charlemagne’s death.

Introduction Summary: 

Introduction covers Carolingian sources, Charlemagne’s life, and Einhard’s and Notker’s lives and literary styles.

Cataloger: jmg