Help for Heroes

Chris Wickham

Reliquary bust of Charlemagne, 1349 © Bridgeman Images

A new book presents an account of Charlemagne, year by year, without hindsight.

Chris Wickham revisits an article by J.B.Morrall, first published in History Today in 1959, on the strange, shortlived emperor who in the tenth century sought to rule the lands we now call Germany and Italy.

The past is more than a set of events with an inevitable outcome. Historians must strive to capture it in all its fascinating strangeness, argues Chris Wickham, as he ponders the problems of writing about the Middle Ages.

Chris Wickham looks back upon the life of Rodney Hilton, medieval historian and co-founder of Past and Present.