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Charlemagne Charles the Great In my opinion Charlemagne accomplished many beneficial things for the church and deserves the praise he has received for his actions Although not everything he did was perfectly Catholic in general his intentions were good He achieved much more than previous empires in terms of uniting Christendom and protecting the Pope Its interesting to note that Charles was not next in succession for the kingship His father Pepin had given Pope Zachary the Papal States so in return the Pope granted an edict that declared descendents of Pepins bloodline would continue to rule This close relationship between king and Pope would be maintained when Charles assumed the crown If this had not been true Charles would probably not have been able to carry out many of his military campaigns against the Saxons to the north In addition I dont think he would have had such successes had he not inherited the kingship as practically a child and experienced the rigors and strategic elements of military life form his fathers numerous campaigns throughout Europe Im sure he felt the pressures of being king immediately as he inherited the title Patricius Romanus from his father which required him to provide protection for the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church This tremendous obligation didnt cause Charles to falter though many times he sped to defend Rome from the Lombard invaders He must have a great amount of bravery and courage to do this and also fight in other campaigns in areas around his territory An example would be in 772 he advanced into the region of the Saxons destroyed their capital city and burned their most sacred pagan idol In this way Charles goal was to unite the Western Empire together under one religion Since most pagans were not willing to convert without coercing Charles felt obligated to administer baptism to all or kill those who refused I think he did this because he
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