The Life Of Charlemagne 's Time As A King By Einhard Essay

1281 Words May 12th, 2016 6 Pages
The Life of Charlemagne is an account of Charlemagne’s time as a
Carolingian King by Einhard. Einhard, as with many people, felt that history needed to be written down and preserved or it would be lost and forgotten. The account as a whole is historically significant, but so are the chapters within it. Chapter Seven gives an account of Charlemagne’s war with Saxony. Chapter 28 gives an account of Charlemagne being crowned as Emperor and lastly, chapter 30 talks about Louis the Pious receiving the title of Emperor. Each chapter is historically significant because each can be used as a lens for understanding what occurred after the reign of Charlemagne.
Einhard states that the war with Saxony was the most gruesome, persistent and bitter war the Franks fought. The Franks were in a 33 yearlong battle beginning in 772 with the Saxons who had no regard for human or divine rules. Saxons were devil worshippers and were hostile to any form of Christianity. Einhard says that the war could easily have ended sooner if the Saxons had come to the realization that they were obviously going to be defeated. In instances where it seemed all hope was lost, the Saxons were quick to renounce their beliefs and promise to accept Christianity. However, when it seemed success was on the horizon, they were quick to retract previous statements. Einhard highlights a characteristic of Charlemagne’s personality in describing his attitude toward resistance. He crushed resistors easily and without a second…

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