Charles The Great Essay

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Charles the Great, or Charlemagne was king of the Franks, the Lombards, and emperor in the West. Charlemagne was an individual who loved all his people and wanted everyone to be loyal to God. Charlemagne provided a strong sense of responsibility for the land in which he overlooked. He was a man of great character and military command. Charlemagne was born in c. 742 as the eldest son of Pepin. He was a very large man standing at six feet, three and half inches tall.1 During his lifetime, he preached greatly about one's understanding of the Christian principles and how the religion tied in with the church. Charlemagne felt the church was a place to ease your mind frame. Praying at the church would help you understand how you really are. It lets you touch the spiritual side of your mind. He was a strong believer in the church and wanted his people to have the utmost respect for the church. If one disobeys the church, they would be punished according to there crime. Charlemagne would go and pray everyday at the cathedral he built in Aachen. He would go every morning and night with great regularity. He thought of the church he built as a very sacred place. In this essay, I will examine how his strong attitudes for the church could be seen in his issues with warfare, his relationship with the Pope, and education using Andrea, Two lives of Charlemagne, and Hollister as my sources. Charlemagne's dealings with warfare were very serious. He was a fearless warrior who always wanted to win and would do whatever it takes to make sure it happened. Most of the time, when he is preparing to go to battle, it was not whether they were going to fight for sure, but whom they would be fighting.2 He would take on any challengers from anywhere. For example, when Hunold had attempted to take over the Aquitaine and restart a battle that was almost over, Charlemagne crossed the River Garonne and sent a messenger to Lupus, and ordered him to surrender the fugitive.3 Lupus made a wise decision by surrendering Hunold. This example shows how Herculean of a warrior he was and the power he possessed. Another example of his great Herculean efforts is his war against the Saxons. The Saxons were individuals from Germany. Saxons were people who did not like the Christian religion. War was waged against the Saxons and Charlemagne took charge quickly. Many people had surrendered to Charlemagne and some would even reduce to abandoning the worship of the devil and willingly follow the Christian faith.4 Charlemagne only waged in battle against the Saxons twice and both times, the enemy was severely beaten and vowed that they would never attack the king again.5 This example of his war against the Saxons shows the great leadership skills he possessed and the love he had for the Christian religion. The tactics that Charlemagne used against the Saxons were very adverse. Not at anytime did he allow anyone who offended his leadership to go unpunished. He took vengeance on the...

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