Charlemagne in Europe

Description of Charlemagne

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes charlemagne (742-814) in the following terms: [1] Europeans who like to trace the history of unification to the past have a number of candidates to choose from. The Romans gave Europe law, roads, the Latin language and the spreading of Christianity, and Napoleon gave it a modernised legal code, but it is the name of Charlemagne that is most frequently invoked. He conquered France, Belgium, North Italy, Saxony, Bavaria and North Spainand systematised the secular and ecclesiastical administration of his empire, which comprised a remarkably similar geographical area to that of the sixoriginal EEC members. Although his empire did not long survive his death, the imperial concept lasted for over a thousand years with the Holy Roman Empire and its successor, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, not being finally brought to a close until the First World War.


Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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