The Christmas That Changed The World
Charlemagne was an upstart usurper
Ah, the Romans. Who doesn’t want to be like them? Ever since the legions conquered an empire from the border of Scotland to the deserts of Arabia, many European empires have tried to imitate, claim or even continue Rome’s legacy.
From the First French Empire under Napoleon to Fascist Italy in the 20th century, and ranging from the claims of the Ottoman Portes to the Russian Romanovs, strings of sultans, czars and monarchs have asserted themselves as a continuation of the Roman…