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  • Early Middle Ages Essay

    the perspective of another. It is typically written in 3rd person, different from an autobiography which is written by that particular person on their own lives, written in the 1st person. One such biography was Einhards, Life of Charlemagne, or Vita Karoli Magni . Its one of the most important secular examples of a Medieval biography and is one of the earliest examples written on a European King. Classical themes can be seen in this example as Einhard has used ancient Roman styles in his work, focusing on its structure and fennecs. ( Southern, Pat (1998). Augustus. Routledge, p.1) . This work gives us an intimate glimpse on the Kings life, personal habits and tastes, as it gives the historian inside information on every aspect of his life from Wars to clothes. There are many reasons why it could have been written. One of these is it is a form patronage and a way of praising a great king’s memory. It was an effective way of conveying gratitude to the king for life long support, as historians know that King Charlemagne educated Einhard throughout his life and Einhard looked up to him almost like a father figure. This means, although it was written in a way that could be bias, it is one of the most trustworthy accounts of a European Kings life. Furthermore, Einhard wouldn’t have written this due to a religious influence, which is unusual for biography of this time. This is because most biographies were written as a form of religious work, influencing people to take a more…

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  • Einhard Propaganda

    However, there are some biographers that will tell the truth regardless of how it makes them look. Einhard is an example of a biographer who put his biography above his reputation. who wrote it and when Once a scholar at the court of Charlemagne, Einhard wrote a biography entitled Vita Caroli Magni or Life of Charles The Great, in the…

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  • Einhard Charlemagne Summary

    Einhard starts out the biography of Charlemagne by discussing that it is important for him to write down Charlemagne’s feats. He talks about how it is important for these to be remembered because the deeds of Charlemagne. Einhard structures Life by discussing Charlemagne’s most important deeds first and then moving on to his personal life. I think this is all leading to the big purpose of Einhard’s Life. The whole purpose of the biography is to glorify Charlemagne beyond what he really was.…

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  • Chapter Seven: The Life Of Charlemagne By Einhard

    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…

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  • Why Is Charlemagne A Good Ruler

    Charlemagne greatly cared about the activities of the church because he was a follower of Christianity himself, as shown by Einhard and Notker, and faith guided him throughout his entire reign as emperor. He was able to spread Christian faith in his kingdom by acting as a protector of the church and by trying to implement an unified practice of Christianity in all parts of his kingdom. This mutually beneficial relationship, in which Christian faith is upheld by the Pope and enforced by…

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  • Charles The Great: Charlemagne

    Charles the Great, also known as Charlemagne, ruled between the years of 768 and 814 CE. Einhard, a friend of Charlemagne, considers him the greatest king of the middle ages. Still, what characteristics does Einhard consider great, and how are those traits manifested in Charlemagne? Using Einhard’s work, The Life of Charlemagne, we can gleam insight into what made Charlemagne so great, as well as what is the mark of a great medieval king. Einhard, documents how Charlemagne was a great general, a…

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  • Hobbes Vs Pippin The Short

    obtaining it" (Hobbes 80). He felt that peace was achieved under a sovereign that removed individuals from their need for self-preservation. Charlemagne, however, did not undertake peace, and instead he used his power to fight religious wars against barbarians in Europe. Hobbes writes that "successful wickedness hath obtained the name of virtue, and some that in all other things have disallowed the violation of faith, yet have allowed it when it is for the getting of a kingdom" (Hobbes 90).…

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  • Two Lives Of Charlemagne Analysis

    The book Two Lives of Charlemagne contains two different biographies of Charles the great or “Charlemagne”, who was king of Franks from 771-814 A.D. The first biography is titled “The Life Of Charlemagne” and is written by Einhard. The second biography is titled “Charlemagne” and is authored by Notker the Stammerer. Both biographies of Charlemagne are classical medieval literature, but they differ in their points of view and focus. Einhard mostly talked about the actual life of Charlemagne,…

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  • The Impact Of Charlemagne On Christianity In The Carolingian Period

    Charlemagne himself was a devout follower of the Christian religion, as can be seen by Einhard’s testimony that, “As long as his health allowed him to, [Charles] regularly went to church both morning and evening, and also to the night reading and to the morning Mass.” He was very particular about everything in the church being done correctly and with dignity, and he always made sure the church never wanted for anything. He was also very generous, giving alms to not only the poor in his own…

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  • Charles I As A Hero In Einhard's The Life Of Charlemagne

    His only inability would appear to be that he did not finish a few projects including the code of laws in his country, but that was due to the almighty king doing so many good deeds all together – there are only so many things you can do at the same time! Einhard expresses only loyal respect for Charlemagne, seeing every decision he made as a beneficial one for his empire. The representation that he was given by Einhard may be somewhat biased, but I also think there is truth in to what he says.…

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