Sunday, September 21, 2014

Day School: Charlemagne - Germanic King or 'Roman' Emperor?

Day School: Charlemagne - Germanic King or 'Roman' Emperor?
David Beard MA, FSA
10:00 a.m. Wednesday, 29 October 2014
This year is the 1200th anniversary of the death of Charlemagne.
Few men have had such a lasting influence on the course of Western history as Charlemagne. At the height of his rule in the early ninth century, Charlemagne was King of the Franks, King of the Lombards and Emperor of a new Roman Empire.
He ruled all the Christian lands of western Europe except for the British Isles, and south Italy and Sicily, while what was to develop into Orthodox Christianity held sway in the Byzantine Empire.Charlemagne was a staunch upholder of the Roman Christian faith, the driving force behind the Carolingian Renaissance that set out to restore the culture that had been lost through the fall of Rome, and an immensely effective war leader whose conquests effectively created the idea of Europe as we know it.
This day school will use recent findings from archaeology together with documentary records to examine the varied aspects of Early Medieval Europe and to give a detailed and balanced view of this important period.