The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Annals of the Empire, V. I: Charlemagne, A. D. 742 to Henry VII, 1313] - Vol. 31

The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Annals of the Empire, V. I: Charlemagne, A. D. 742 to Henry VII, 1313] - Vol. 31

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The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Annals of the Empire, V. I: Charlemagne, A. D. 742 to Henry VII, 1313] - Vol. 31

The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Annals of the Empire, V. I: Charlemagne, A. D. 742 to Henry VII, 1313] - Vol. 31

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Of all the revolutions which have changed the face of the earth, that alone which transferred the empire of the Romans to Charlemagne seems to have been just, if the word "just" may be pronounced of events which partook so much of violence. Charlemagne was actually called to the empire by the voice of the Roman people, whom he had at once saved from the tyranny of the Lombards and the negligence of the eastern emperors.

This is the great epoch of the western nations; at this time a new order of government began, the foundation of the temporal power of the Church; for no bishop in the East had ever been a prince, or possessed any of the rights of royalty. This new Roman empire bore no resemblance to that of the first Cæsars. In these annals will be seen the true nature of this empire, how the Roman pontiffs acquired that temporal power with which they have been so much reproached; how so many western . . .

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