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Amidst the chaos and violence of Europe in the eighth century, Charlemagne became king of the Franks and established a large empire. As Charlemange's power grew, so did the stories attached to his name. This book explores the myths and legends of the great king Charlemagne, from the stories about his mother, Bertha Bigfoot, and his youthful adventures with the thief, Basin, to his fantastical journeys to Jerusalem and Constantinople. It also retells the stories of his most famous knights, the Paladins. These brave warriors were all heroes in their own right, and included many famous names such as Roland, Ogier the Dane, Oliver, Archbishop Turpin, and Guy of Burgundy. Together with his Paladins, Charlemagne established a court to rival Camelot and led the Christian kingdoms of Europe in their ongoing struggles with the armies of the East. Although this great ruler eventually passed away, quietly in his bed, the legends say that he now sits on his golden throne beneath the mountain, waiting until the need of his people calls him forth again.
Julia Cresswell is a writer and tutor specialising in the medieval world, mythology and the history of the English Language. She is the author of over a dozen books, and lives in Oxford where she tutors regularly for the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education and Stanford University's Oxford Centre.Miguel Coimbra is a self taught, 35 year old freelance artist, currently living near Lyon (France). He has been working in the industry for 10 years, first as a graphic designer, then as a concept artist for video games. He is also well-known in the board game industry, having worked on many awarded titles like Smallworld and 7 wonders. His favorite themes are fantasy and mythological ones. You can find more of his work at www.miguelcoimbra.com