Primary Source Paper 2 The Life of Charlemagne was written by Einhard a little after Charlemagne death in 814. Einhard wrote the biography to make sure that Charlemagne’s legacy would not be forgotten. He would list many points in this biography, but I’ve decided to only point out three of them. These three chapters are his deeds, his family life, and his life with the Christian religion. All the points described the legacy Charlemagne left behind. The first point in this source was Charlemagne’s deeds. Charlemagne waged many wars during his time as king. The first of the war was against the Aquitaine. “Of all the wars he waged, [Charles] began first [in 769] with the one against the Aquitaine, which his father started, but left …show more content…
Charles father Pippen, the king before Charles, die in 768. After his death Charles and his bother Carloman became co-ruler. Einhard would example Charles relationship with his brother. “After the death of his father [in 768], when he was sharing the kingdom with his brother [Carloman], he endured the pettiness and jealousy of his brother with such great patience, that it seemed remarkable to all that he could be provoked to anger by him” (18). Charles relationship with his brother was decent, however his relationship. Charles had great respect for his mother. “He treated her with great respect, to the point that there was never any trouble between, except over the divorce of King Desiderius’s daughter, whom he had married at her urging” (18). After her death Charles buried her in St-Denis, which is the same where his father was laid to rest. Charlemagne also care about his children. He thought that all his kids should be educated starting with the liberal arts. He also kept all his children very close. Every time he was at home he would eat with them, and when he wasn’t at home he would take his kids with him. He also never allowed any of his daughters to …show more content…
“With great piety and devotion [ Charles] followed the Christian religion, in which he had been reared from infancy.” “For this reason he constructed a church of stunning beauty at Aachen and adorned it with gold and silver, with lamps, grillwork, and doors made of solid bronze” (26). Charles was very committed to helping the poor with charity. Not only did he give to the poor in his own land but he gave to the poor overseas. Einhard quoted an example on his charity. “When he learned that the Christians in Jerusalem, Alexandria, and Carthage were living in poverty, he was moved by their impoverished condition and used to send money.” “It was chiefly for this reason that he struck up friendships with the kings overseas, so that the poor Christians living under their rule might receive some relief and assistance” (27). Not only did Charles help the poor but Charles but also he also helps renovate the church of St. Peters the Apostle. Charles loved the church however he only visited this church a total of four to during his reign as king. Charles last visit to Rome was to help restore the state of the church. The reason was because Roman residents attack Pope Leo the third and inflecting many injuries including cutting his tongue off and ripping his eyes out. This caused Charles to go to Rome, and spent the next three years trying to resolve the conflict. During those
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In Jon Sweeney’s lecture and book, “ When Saint Francis Saved The Church”, he spoke about Francis leading a revolutionary life. There were two points that helped support with Francis leading a revolutionary life. Those points were friendship and poverty. Sweeney spoke about how important friendship and poverty was to Francis. These points helped with Francis learning what kind of person he would be and do with his life.
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Author of the book, Becoming Charlemagne, by Jeff Sypeck provides a clear glimpse into the life of one of the world’s greatest kings and ruler and later emperor Charlemagne, otherwise known as Karl or Charles the Great. Sypeck creates a vivid and strong look into the time of Charlemagne, early medieval Europe and some other important world leaders, including Pope Leo III, Irene the Byzantine emperor, Alcuin the scholar and Harun al-Rashid ruler of Baghdad. These figures are crucial to the story of Karl becoming Charlemagne, and their stories included in the book help form and symbolize Charlemagne the Ruler. Understanding Charlemagne and early medieval Europe is presented vibrantly throughout the book by in-depth stories, facts and a clear
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Count Charles’ Persuasion to Religious Governance In almost every Count that has ever been reigned in the middle ages, there is no leader like Count Charles, who takes a risky approach to governing a land with the idea of religion as an important aspect of his position. Count Charles, aka “Blessed Charles the Good” is well known for feeding the poor, promoting peace and security, but religion is definitely a big influence to his reign as the Count of Flanders. At first, before doing any research on Count Charles’ religious ruling, I would already believe that Charles is a spiritual nobleman that everyone would admire because of how devastated Flanders felt when they heard about his death in 1127. Fortunately, my thoughts on Count Charles
Charles loved to be in control and have all the attention through many superficial ways, such as religion. He brought in many religions to the cult, like scientology, buddhism, christianity, etc. this would draw attention to him as if he knew it all, which he loved. This made them look up to him as if he was some sort of “God” who spreaded all truths. By them believing so, he got the “family” members to commit many acts of murder, Such as the tate-LaBianca murders.
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Einhard believes these characteristics of Charlemagne connect him to his people, and thus allow him to rule effectively. The humbleness of Charlemagne most likely stems from his involvement with the Christian religion. According to Einhard Charlemagne was a fervent worshipper and practitioner of Christianity, “he was a constant worshipper at this church as long as his health permitted, going morning and evening, even after nightfall” (Einhard 319). One of the many tenants of Christianity is to give to poor; Charlemagne is a firm believer and so he gives often. His faith also was a component in the buildings he constructed; he tended to focus on repairing and erecting edifices with religious significance, such as the church at Aix-la-Chapelle.
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