Unformatted text preview: The beginning of Charlemagne’s career is certainly more reminiscent of a barbarian than it is of a Christian. Chapters 5 through 15 are all accounts of Charlemagne's many military conquests (or, more accurately, military conquests in Charlemagne’s name). He built his kingdom by military prowess in the true barbarian tradition. Certainly Einhard describes the conquered peoples’ conversion to Christianity after their defeat, but even that seems forceful. While he and his people were practicing Christians, they were also still barbarians. That much is undeniable, and it is therefore no surprise that evidently the last thing Charlemagne wanted was to become Holy Roman Emperor. Einhard says that Charlemagne wouldn’t even have entered the church had he known, even though it was a very important day for worship. The Roman identity was instilled, but it was, if anything, merely a mask to hide the barbarian underneath....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course HIST 110 taught by Professor Hughes during the Fall '07 term at University of Michigan.
- Fall '07