Very nice, readable biography. Wilson does a good job sticking to the main points and focuses more on the role Charlemagne has played in history. His main contention is that he created the idea of Europe, and the modern EU is an extension of the idea Charlemagne spent his life creating. The major flaw, in my opinion, is that Wilson repeatedly discusses how the idea of Europe is borne out of a common faith that lead to common laws, culture, etc. While talking about the modern EU, and its direct connection to Charlemagne, he fails to mention that Europe is now the most godless continent on the globe. How the idea of Europe can remain without the roots of its Christianity remains to be seen.