life of charlemagne

life of charlemagne - Michael Penna Einhard’s Life of...

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Unformatted text preview: Michael Penna Einhard’s Life of Charlemagne was written by Einhard, Charlemagne’s primary biographer and main contributor of knowledge about Charlemagne. The document attempted to portray Charlemagne as a great national and religious hero. In fact, the document reads almost like a hagiography. It makes its case by illustrating the areas of Charlemagne’s life, such as his appearance, his clothing, his manner, his education as well as events in Charlemagne’s life such as his relationship with the Roman Catholic Church and his coronation. For example, Einhard, when describing his appearance, wrote “Charles was large and strong, and of lofty stature, though not disproportionately tall…his appearance was always stately and dignified.” By focusing on his positive attributes, Einhard hoped he could give the reader an idea of why Charlemagne is indeed called “the Great.” Clearly Einhard knew Charlemagne intimately. He wrote about his eating and drinking habits, for instance, “in the summer after the midday meal,...
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This note was uploaded on 09/24/2008 for the course THL 1051 taught by Professor Fr.doyle during the Spring '08 term at Villanova.

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