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Obtaining Power in the Middle Ages Wars violence mayhem poverty superstition and gloom are all characteristics of medieval times A time when loyalty to a King was as thin as a fine piece of string which could be broken at a blink of an eye A time when there was no national unity among countries but instead localized communities But despite this some kingdoms did prosper during this mysterious time between ancient Rome and the 1500s as well as Christianity By describing the life of Charlemagne Einhard reveals the way in which many medieval Kings exercised their power and claimed their right to authority through warfare and religious beliefs In order to secure the loyalty of his aristocratic citizens and extend his power over the land Charlemagne conquered many nations and by his example shows how medieval kings exercised their authority The expansion of an empire is one of the greatest accomplishments a King can do for his people Although Charlemagnes predecessors were successful in acquiring more territory for their Land Charlemagne exceeded them all because He largely increased the Frank Kingdomthat more than doubled its former territory was added to it Strength and dominance is a major factor in keeping a Kingdom strong and feared upon By dominating most of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Charlemagne was able to show the fierce might of his army and the strength of his kingdom In order for many kings to show they are worthy of their position conquering other nations was very important because it showed that they had the strategic and intelligent mind to rule their country after all to be weak is to be incompetent Also because of rapid acquisition of land and the many victories obtained Kings are able to establish alliances with other great nations because of that particular nations fear of being conquered For example when Charlemagnes glorious and successful battles became a threat to the Byzantine empire The emperors
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