Charlemagne and the Roman Empire Term Paper by Master Researcher

Charlemagne and the Roman Empire
A review of the life and times of the legendary Charlemagne.
# 33091 | 900 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 22, 2003 in History (European) , History (Leaders)

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This paper discusses the similarities between the reigns of Charlemagne and the Roman Empire. The paper identifies the reasons Charlemagne might have considered himself to be like a Roman emperor and also discusses the arguments to be made against the idea that Charlemagne saw himself as another in a line of Caesars. The paper concludes that there is a strong case to be made that Charlemagne was not unaware of the parallels between his reign and the Roman Empire in its heyday under the Caesars.

From the Paper:

"Imagine if the reign of Queen Elizabeth the First was the high-water mark of English society. The drama of Shakespeare and the music of Byrd and Dowland was the highest expression of art, and the Armada that was raised to fight the Spanish was the greatest fighting force the English had ever assembled. But then imagine that the Spanish had won: England was conquered, and then Spain fell into petty civil disputes and internal squabbles, and the power of their rule collapsed. But the English as a strong nation had been broken: the social order collapsed, the great dramas of Shakespeare become known only to a few scholars and librarians. The population of London dropped, the other centres of power disappeared. Almost no-one could read or write. In short, imagine if England, after the defeat of the first Elizabeth, had descended into an almost primitive state, its people scraping out a life from the land, with no hope of matching the sophistication of 400 years before. Only the scholars could read the accounts of the great Elizabethan society, and know just how far the English nation had fallen."

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