Books interview with Janet Nelson: “The only way this huge regime could work was by Charlemagne trusting his own instincts”

Janet L Nelson talks to Ellie Cawthorne about her new biography of medieval powerhouse Charlemagne, which reveals the relationships that kept his mammoth empire running

Professor Dame Janet L Nelson has published extensively on early medieval Europe. She is professor emeritus at King's College London, a fellow of the British Academy and a former president of the Royal Historical Society. Her previous books include 'Charles the Bald' (1992) and 'The Frankish World' (1996). (Photograph by Frank Monks)

This article was first published in the August 2019 edition of BBC History Magazine

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