Charlemagne’s Mustache

  • Paul Edward Dutton
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


On Christmas day 800 Charlemagne, dressed in a majestic Greek garment, processed solemnly into St-Peter’s in Rome. One can almost hear, twelve hundred years later, the rustle of his long tunic, see his pointed Roman shoes, and smell the incense that burned that day as he was crowned emperor. Amid all the pomp and ceremony of that high moment, few people probably stopped to study Charlemagne’s mustache. I would like to think that had I been there that is just what I would have done.


Ninth Century Short Hair Facial Hair Seventh Century Eighth Century 


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