An Introduction to the Study of the Middle Ages (375-814)

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CHAPTER XIII.
CHARLEMAGNE KING OF THE FRANKS

AUTHORITIES:--See Chapter XII.

MODERN WORKS:-- Sigurd Abel: Jahrbücher des Fränkischen
Reiches unter Karl dem Grossen
. 2 Bde. 1866- 1883.--Al-
phonse Vétault: Charlemagne
. 1877.-- Eginhardus: Leben
und Wandel Karls des Grossen
. Einleitung, Urschrift, Urkun-
densammlung
. Ed. J. L. Ideler. Hamb. 1839.-- Eginhardus:
Life of the Emperor Charles the Great. Trans. by W. Glaister.
Lond. 1877.-- Eginhard: Life of Charlemagne. Trans. by S. E. Turner , in Harper's Half-Hour Series.-- James Bryce: The
Holy Roman Empire
.-- Gaston Paris: Histoire Poetique de
Charlemagne
. 1865.

IN studying the history of Charlemagne we are dealing with one of the greatest men of all time. To be sure, the way had been prepared for him by others who were great men too in their day, but it was for him to gather up the various threads of policy which the others had begun, and weave them all together into a great fabric of government. He stands at the end of one age, and at the beginning of another, and what he did was the foundation of all the future history of Europe. It is for this reason that we must spend more time in studying his reign than we have given to any other period of equal length.

We saw how at the death of King Pippin the kingdom of the Franks was divided into two parts, or

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