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Unformatted text preview: The Early Middle Ages (aka the Dark Ages) In the middle of what? Who decides? How dark were the Dark Ages? Charlemagne and the Carolingian Empire Questions about Charlemagne and the Carolingian Empire 1. Who was Charlemagne and what was the Carolingian Empire? 2. How did Carolingian kings use their strong ties to the pope to strengthen their power? 3. What was the Carolingian Renaissance? Timeline of Merovingian History 241 First mention of 'Franks' as one of the Germanic tribes defeated by Romans under Aurelian 450 Franks unite under Merovius 450-750 Merovingian dynasty (named for king Merovech) 481-511 reign of Clovis: defeats other tribes, converts to Christianity Clovis as Founder of France The name Louis is corruption of Clovis Clovis was source of fleur-de-lis symbol: during baptism by St. Rmi in Reims in 496, an angel brought a shield with fleurs- de-lis on it (actually a XIIIth c. legend); proof of divine sanction of French monarchy Future French kings, including Louis XIV, coronated at the cathedral in Reims and buried (starting with Clovis) at St. Denisburied (starting with Clovis) at St....
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2011 for the course HIST 141 taught by Professor Fraser,e during the Spring '08 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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