Charlemagne: The Hero of the Dark Age Europe Essay

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Most scholars, under the same breath, deem Charlemagne as the hero Dark Age Europe needed. As the king of the Frankish kingdom, Frankia, from 768, he started recovering order after the collapse of the Roman Empire in the Dark Ages. On the other hand, some believe that he is the cause of World War II. They reason that he caused the separation of his land into Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and western Germany by giving parts of his kingdom to his sons. However, his sons, through their foolishness, fought one another and divided Frankia. In fact, he is the cause of the nations currently being peaceful and strongly-established. Although many believe that Charlemagne had problems that represented the unstable feudal world, he was a hero…show more content…
Moreover, Charlemagne refused to take away “interpolation by which Latins had affirmed doctrine of the Double Procession” (Davis 213). Due to this, the two Empires were equal and not-warring. Furthermore, he lessened power in feudal lords and promoted greater direction from higher-ups (Tilton 15-16). This may seem tyrannical, but he provoked a stronger government and thus his action would unify and not be tyrannical. By way of contrast, one could argue that Charlemagne caused a “Mezentian union” between Germany and Italy. In other words, one could reason that he subjugated the two lands and made a union through cruel force. However, this is unhistorical; Frankia’s king gave the peoples choices and used mass violence only to quell rebellions (Davis 209). Be that as it may, some may allege him to having followed his own opinion if it was more popular than the Pope’s opinion. Though it may seem that he was violating his quest for Christianity, he followed the majority opinion in mind of the need for no fighting and unity (Davis 214). Even so, one may argue that Charlemagne did not focus on regenerating Church in time of war (Davis 217). As another argument in favor of Charlemagne having violated his mission, it reasons that he abused his imperial powers to win wars and gain lands in the name of God. In reality, however, he used it to inhibit inside strife and war

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