Charlemagne and the Carolingian Empire (High Point University, Spring, 2009)

Charlemagne and the Carolingian Empire (High Point University, Spring, 2009)

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Charlemagne and the Carolingian Empire The Medieval Christianity Christian Church appropriated the administrative system of the Roman Empire. In a period of atomization of power in Europe, the Roman Catholic Church (under the guidance of the Pope, the Pontiff) emerged as a unifying force. Monastic culture was a common patter of the first organized Christian communities. Monks developed a life of absolute contemplation and tried to imitate the life of Jesus Christ. In 529, Benedict of Nursia established a monastery at Monte Cassino (in Italy) and enacted basic Rules for Monasteries . Unlike the early Christian monasticism, Benedict proposed a new perspective to replace the idea of severity. Instead, he insisted on good food, good wine, relaxation, and education. He divided the monastic time in different periods of devotion. Monastery was directed by an abbot. Benedict’s rules meant an important change in the practice of monasticism. The Kingdom of the Franks Clovis (ca. 466-511) founded the first Frankish dynasty, the Merovingians. The Franks controlled a vast portion of territory that included The Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Western Germany. At that time one of the serious problems was the dispersion (or atomization) of power in hands of
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Charlemagne and the Carolingian Empire (High Point University, Spring, 2009)

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