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Looking back at history an individual usually can find an incredible amount of information about any given period in any given part of the world Yet as varied are the history books so are the biases which they each present We see one example of these biases in Einhards The Life of Charlemagne in which this adviser and close friend to the great Frankish king gives his history of Charlemagnes life One issue that Einhard repeatedly touches on is the virtually uninterrupted series of wars that the Frankish Kingdom under Charles the Great undertook Throughout the individual accounts of these war Einhard attempts to justify Charlemagnes military career It seems that when one looks back at Charlemagne and his seemingly unending chain of conflict that he put his kingdom through one could come to the conclusion that Charlemagne was simply always blood and land thirsty yet Einhard constantly tries to convince the reader that his kings military ambitions were actually for the best for the Frankish people and for others throughout their isolated world Einhard gives various reasons for individual wars for which he believes strengthened the kingdom and the crown The first war that the Frankish king lead was mounted against Aquitaine shortly after Charlemagne was anointed in 768 It was started supposedly by Charlemagnes father Pepin the Short but not brought to a proper conclusion Einhard The Life of Charlemagne Einhard explains that Charlemagne simply did not want to abandon a task once it had been started and so with no small perseverance and continued effort Einhard The Life of Charlemagne he was able to complete the war successfully Even at this early point in Charlemagnes reign Lupus Duke of the Gascons not only obeyed the kings command to turn over a fugitive but also submitted himself and his territory under Charlemagnes authority without even being asked Here Einhard justifies the blood by showing Charlemagnes adhering to principals which
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