Note 026
From Chapter 52 of the Decline & Fall

Eginhart, de Vita Caroli Magni, c. ii. p. 13 - 78, edit. Schmink, Utrecht, 1711. Some modern critics accuse the minister of Charlemagne of exaggerating the weakness of the Merovingians; but the general outline is just, and the French reader will forever repeat the beautiful lines of Boileau's Lutrin.

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