The Age of Charlemagne Charles the Great Charles L. Wells

ISBN: 9785518532373

Published: September 15th 2013


506 pages


The Age of Charlemagne Charles the Great  by  Charles L. Wells

The Age of Charlemagne Charles the Great by Charles L. Wells
September 15th 2013 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 506 pages | ISBN: 9785518532373 | 10.57 Mb

This volume is from 1898. From the books Preface:The previous volumes in this series have found their scene of action in the East. It is never to be forgotten that Christianity had its origin in the East, among an Eastern and Semitic people, and that the language of its early teachers and documents, and,with two or three exceptions, of its literature, for three or four centuries, the formulas of its faith, its theological discussions and the decisions of its councils, were all in Greek.

Even the Church of Rome and most of the churches of the West were, at the first, as Milman strikingly says, Greek religious colonies. With a consideration of the age of Charles the Great the scene changes to the West, and we are called upon to witness the handing over of the treasured possessions of the Roman empire, law, language, civilization, and ideals, to new peoples, the Germantribes under the leadership of the Franks- the development of a Latin Christianity- the building up of the great Latin Church- and the laying of the foundations of the middle ages and of modern times.It would be impossible to treat adequately of these extensive subjects in so brief a compass as that afforded by the pages of this volume.

Many of the topics I have not attempted to touch. I have tried to bring into clearer light some of the more obscurethough most important features of the period, and to show the deeper relations which underlie the chief events of the history of the church and of its connections with the political history.In the introduction to his Life of Alcuin Lorenz has said very justly : The age of Charles the Great is more celebrated than known, and the founder of the new Romano- Germanic Empire has found more panegyrists than historians.

In the following pages I have tried to be the historian rather than the pane-gyrist, and to present facts rather than to indulge in rhetoric.While conscious, all the time, of writing for many who will have no time to pursue the history further, I have endeavored, by going deeply enough into the subjects I have considered, to make the book of value to those who desire already, or to those in whom, Ihope, it may inspire a desire, to continue the study and to make investigations for themselves.I have let the sources speak for themselves as far as possible, not only in order to be more accurate, but also because thereby a greater vividness and reality could be assured.I have dealt largely with the political side of the subject, as the title requires and as the nature of the history demands.The growth of the Papacy, especially of its temporal power and possessions, forms one of the most important topics of the period.

In this connection the Pseudo-Isidorian Decretals have been treated at great length, on account of the interest andimportance attaching to the subject, and because a gooddeal of confusion still exists as to their history and contents. They form an admirable commentary on the church history of the ninth century.

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