How Do You Perceive the Historical Transformation from the Collapse of Rome to the Dawn of the Middle Ages

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During the sixth century, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the Merovingian rule had little or no power. The mayor of the palace, “Pepin the short,” held the power of the empire. In 752 Pepin dethroned the last Merovingian king and took the throne for himself and restored the power to the monarchy. He shared the kingdom with his brother Carloman. They ruled the land in harmony. Ten years later Pope Stephen crowned Pepin, and thereby solidifying his right to the throne. He had a son named Charlemagne, who later became king and was referred to as “Charles the Great”. This honorable name was bestowed upon him because he was the first king to re-establish order to this unruly empire. Charles united the Frankish empire, encouraged commerce, …show more content…
Not only was he a leader to his people, he wanted to spend time with them, “he would invite not only his son to bathe with him, but his nobles and friends as well and occasionally even a crowd of his attendants and bodyguards, so that sometimes over a hundred men or more would be in the water together” (pg. 77). He improved his people’s lives in so many different ways. He had “many projects which aimed at making his kingdom more attractive and at increasing public utility” (pg. 71). He attempted and succeeded at certain projects. He restored and built churches, bridges, canals, and roadways. Charles also worked to spread education and Christianity in every class of people. In addition he set up money standards to encourage commerce.

Some of his outstanding projects were the great church of the Holy Mother of God at Aachen. As well as the bridge over the Rhine at Mainz, which burned down. Charles initiated the reconstruction of this bridge, one year before he died. He also began the construction of two palaces. He restored sacred edifices, which had fallen into ruin because of their antiquity. He created schools for both nobles and peasants. He tried to build the Rhine-Danube canal and encouraged better farming methods.

Charles was also concerned with the culture of his people. He brought scholars in to read from their learned works instead of having jesters perform during meals. Charles revived church music. He had monks brought in
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