History of the Ancient and Medieval World - Vol. 9

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The army
of Charlemagne
leaving
Aachen.
Miniature from
a twelfth-
century
manuscript,
which is
probably a
copy of an older
manuscript


The Western Empire
Christendom as a Rule

Few Carolingians remained content with military glory alone. In the eighth and ninth centuries, they conquered an enormous area. They needed to consolidate it, to combine the varied peoples they dominated not just under a single government but into a unified culture. The result would come to be called the Holy Roman Empire. Charlemagne, especially, recognized that an empire could not be maintained by the sword alone but required a stable economy and an active culture that could transcend

-1177-

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