The Life of Charlemagne by Einhard

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Charlemagne is described by Janet Nelson as being a role model for Einhard. Einhard himself writes in the first paragraph of The Life of Charlemagne, “After I decided to write about the life, character and no small part of the accomplishments of my lord and foster father, Charles, that most excellent and deservedly famous king, I determined to do so with as much brevity as I could.” I feel that these are sincere words about the man who cared for Einhard. I feel that Einhard’s purpose for writing The Life of Charlemagne is to praise the works of his “foster-father” and create a historical document that would describe the great deeds of Charlemagne so that he would not be forgotten throughout time as a great leader and man. After…show more content…
“After he had taken the imperial title, since he saw that many things were lacking in the laws of his people (for the Franks have two laws, very different in many places), he thought of supplying what was lacking and reconciling their differences and of correcting what was bad or wrongly expressed. But he did nothing more than add a few chapters to the law, and they were unfinished. He did, however, order that the laws of all peoples under his rule which were not written should be written down.”
He also encouraged Romanesque building and architecture and was studying the languages of Latin and Greek which were spoken amongst the Romans. “He was not simply content with his native tongue but even spent time learning foreign languages. Of these he learned Latin well enough to pray in it as much as in his own native language, but he was able to understand Greek better than he could speak it. He was so fluent that he even seemed verbose.” Einhard continues to go on and describe how Charlemagne encouraged studious behavior and his attempt to preserve learning in his community, which very much emulates Roman society. However he was not solely emulative of Roman cultural, he also encompassed many aspects of his German heritage. Einhard follows the account of Charlemagne’s codification of the laws with, “He also ordered that the very old German songs, in which the deeds and wars of
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