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Title: How might the study of medieval Europe affect our thinking about the world today? In other words, why do we study medieval Europe? Why does it even matter?


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  • How might the study of medieval Europe affect our
    thinking about the world today? In other words,
    why do we study medieval Europe? Why does it even
    matter?

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A New Western Empire
  • Refer to Pages 185-192

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Guiding Questions
  • What post-Roman Empire political conditions led
    to the rise of the Carolingian Empire? What
    factors led to its disintegration, setting the
    stage for the feudal system?

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Clovis I
  • King of the Franks
  • Conversion to Christianity
  • Supported by the Roman Church - alliance

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Merovingian House
  • Do-Nothing Kings
  • Descendents of Clovis I
  • Mayors of the palace
  • Pepin II
  • Defeated the others
  • Reunited Frankish territory
  • Separate ruling lineage
  • Grandson, Pepin the Short took over rule as
    king
  • Carolingian House

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Donation of Pepin
  • Lombard threat
  • Papal states
  • Pope becomes ruler in European politics

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Empire of Charlemagne
  • Carloman and Charles
  • Charles Greatest Carolingian king
  • Charlemagne

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Charlemagne
  • Strong
  • Tall
  • Stately
  • Dignified
  • Abhorred drunkenness
  • Beheaded his prisoners in cold blood
  • Divorced and remarried many times

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Charlemagnes Conquests
  • United much of Europe
  • Rescued Rome (again)
  • Defeated Avars
  • Drove back the Spanish Muslims
  • Created administrative districts
  • Foundation of modern Germany, France, and Italy

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Pope crowns Charlemagne and proclaims him as
Roman Emperor!
  • Revived the idea of another Roman Empire
  • Raises a serious question
  • Whose authority is supremethe states or the
    churchs?
  • This struggle will continue throughout the Middle
    Ages

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Carolingian Renaissance
  • Charlemagne loved to learn royal court at
    Aix-la-Chapelle became leading center of learning
  • Became concerned with better-educated clergy
  • Emphasis on education renewed interest in the
    Bible and in classical literature
  • Monasteries as libraries, universities

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Disintegration of Charlemagnes Empire
  • Domestic Problems
  • Civil war after Louis the Pious
  • Treaty of Verdun
  • Charles the Bald West Frankland
  • Louis the German East Frankland
  • Lothair Central Kingdom

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Disintegration of Charlemagnes Empire
  • International Problems
  • Saracens (Muslims)
  • Magyars
  • Vikings

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