Charlemagne's court library revisited

  title={Charlemagne's court library revisited},
  author={David Ganz},
  journal={Early Medieval Europe},
  • D. Ganz
  • Published 1 December 2003
  • History
  • Early Medieval Europe
The starting point of all modern discussion of Charlemagne’s court library is, as of so much else, a lapidary statement in Einhard’s Vita Karoli . The penultimate section of the Emperor’s testamentary breviarium , dated 811, with which the Life concludes records that: ‘he decreed that the books of which he had assembled a great collection in his library’ ( magnam in bibliotheca sua copiam congregavit ) were to be available for purchase ‘at the appropriate price’ ( iusto pretio ) by anyone who… 
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