The Carolingian Empire is remembered as the first truly glorious Medieval polity in Europe

The Carolingian Empire is remembered as the first truly glorious Medieval polity in Europe

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The Carolingian Empire is remembered as the first truly glorious Medieval polity in Europe.  With Charlemagne's creation of a single state out of a massive swath of Italian and Gallic lands;  his assumption of title of Holy Roman Emperor through coronation by the Pope; and keen  interest in Christianity's progress, it is plausible to view a reemergence of the unity of ethos and  purpose which characterized the Roman state six-hundred years before. Still, as we recall that the  Carolingians were no more than another Frankish clan like the Merovingians, whose evolving  power was based on conquest and usurpation of authority from kings, we must ask: what  differentiated Charlemagne's state from that of his predecessors, and how did it exhibit  substantial similarities? Further, when looking at the Carolingian decline from the 820s onwards,  what insoluble dilemmas, or problems of political technology, doomed these states? Charlemagne was not a political innovator, and did not provide any new sort of political glue to a 
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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