Charlemagne’s Mustache and other Cultural Clusters of a Dark Age

  • Authors
  • Paul Edward Dutton

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-1
  2. Paul Edward Dutton
    Pages 3-42
  3. Paul Edward Dutton
    Pages 43-68
  4. Paul Edward Dutton
    Pages 69-92
  5. Paul Edward Dutton
    Pages 93-127
  6. Paul Edward Dutton
    Pages 129-150
  7. Paul Edward Dutton
    Pages 151-167
  8. Paul Edward Dutton
    Pages 169-188
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 189-279

About this book


Charlemagne's Mustache presents the reader with seven engaging studies, 'thick descriptions', of cultural life and thought in the Carolingian world. The author begins by asking questions. Why did Charlemagne have a mustache and why did hair matter? Why did the king own peacocks and other exotic animals? Why was he writing in bed and could he write at all? How did medieval kings become stars? How were secrets kept and conveyed in the early Middle Ages? And why did early medieval peoples believe in storm and hailmakers? The answers, he found, are often surprising.


cultural history history Middle Ages

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-230-60247-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-06228-4
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