The Fall Of The Roman Empire Essay

1388 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
After the fall of the Roman Empire in the late 5th century, the eastern Byzantine Empire flourished while the western regions disintegrated into fragmented kingdoms without any unifying authority. Europe was in the midst of its Dark Ages when Charlemagne was born in 742 AD. This time was marked by frequent warfare; therefore there were few cultural achievements during this time. Charlemagne became ruler of one kingdom in Germany in 768 AD, immediately setting out to expand his territory. Through numerous battles, he had conquered most of inland Europe. Where his rule was established, Charlemagne implemented the same reforms, creating a common identity in his peoples. What made Charlemagne such a distinguished and successful leader were his military tactics made in the educational and political systems, along with his military tactics.
Charlemagne’s father, Pippin III, preceded him as the mayor of the palace, an official serving as the Merovingian king, but in fact held most of the power over the extensive Frankish kingdom (class notes Nov. 13). In 751, with the pope’s approval, Pippin III seized the Frankish throne from the last Merovingian king, Childeric III. In order to receive papal sanction of the right of his dynasty to the Frankish throne, Pippin made an alliance with the pope by entrusting himself to protect Rome, after meeting with Pope Stephen II at the royal palace of Ponthion c. 753. In order to restrain Lombard threats to Rome, Pippin intervened militarily in…

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