Dr John Nightingale spoke about the problems surrounding Medieval Biography, focussing primarily on Einhard’s ‘The Life of Charlemagne, and touching on Asser’s ‘The Life of King Alfred.’ By building a strong argument suggesting that Einhard’s work was aimed as a subtle piece of political advice to Louis the Pious (Charlemagne’s successor), Dr Nightingale was able to persuade his audience that it is important to critically assess Einhard’s depiction of Charlemagne, rather than taking it at face value. It was wonderful to hear an academic at work, creating an argument, and was much enjoyed by all present.

Charles Bertlin AMM