Unformatted text preview: customs, including the traditions of the lord as a hlaford and his men as bellatores. Think about the two selections here broadly and assess how well the real Charlemagne (through Einhard’s lens) matches the legendary Beowulf. The hlaford and bellatores tradition sealed the relationship between a leader and his men, but only on a local level. Charlemagne, however, built an empire to rival the Romans; his influence clearly extended beyond his immediate court and army. What evidence do you see from Einhard that explains how Charlemagne was able to translate the hlaford tradition into an empire?...
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- Summer '10
- Germanic peoples, Charles Martel, Louis the Pious, early monasticism