Early Middle Ages - Ravenna San Vitale Charlemagne’s...

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Carolingian The baptistery, one of the last standing buildings since the fall of Rome Fighting: the Franks - Drawings like a prolonged old western Charlemagne was the first great man of action rising through the dark times The bust of him is golden, and is said to hold a piece of his skull The lands he conquered were organized His empire was an artificial creation It was through him that the Atlantic world reestablished contact with the ancient culture of the Mediterranean world Our whole knowledge of ancient literature is due to the collecting and copying of Charlemagne, he learned to read but not to write Alfred the Great taught himself to read at 40 The higher clergy could read Contact with Byzantines
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Unformatted text preview: Ravenna, San Vitale Charlemagne’s chapel Charlemagne’s books Romanesque Although the Roman empire were conquered by barbarians Roman civilization and Christianity triumphed The former barbarians became the heirs of Rome and the founders of Europe In the 11 th and 12 th centuries, Romanesque Period, there was a remarkable revival of art and especially architecture, churches everywhere Pilgrimage and the Monastic movement molding the development of Romanesque art and architecture Vezelle, founded in the 860’s while Charlemagne was in office, burned down by Vikings After 1000 C.E., civilization begins to recover The old path of Saint James, Christs 12 th apostle...
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