Summary: Two Lives Of Charlemagne

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Two Lives of Charlemagne contains two different biographies of Charlemagne, King of the Franks, written by Einhard and Notker the Stammerer. From the book, we learn that Charlemagne was very active in trying to spread religion, politics, and education throughout his kingdom through his belief that education is need among the Frankish people. As a result, his reign as king was called the Carolingian Renaissance during the 8th and 9th century. Another reason why Charlemagne is remembered is because he was constantly waging wars and he always came out victorious; his longest waged war was with the Saxons. What is also noticeable is how the events in Einhard’s story are written in chronological order of importance, while Notker’s anecdotes are…show more content…
It is a known fact that Einhard knew him since he was a child and Charlemagne was an adult, and had a lot of respect for him. In essence, he portrayed him as to be expected as: he is an extraordinary man; a great leader, a state of the art Christian, and a good man in general. He was portrayed as being wise, but occasionally not knowing everything. However, to Notker, though, Charlemagne was more of a legendary figure. He was very aware of his surroundings, and he always seemed to know what was going on, who to blame and who to give his trust to. Notker’s Charlemagne was wise, careful, unbeatable, robust, etc. and Einhard praised him similarly, but in ways that made him seem more human and less like a divine being than…show more content…
Charlemagne was modest in eating, and in particular drinking because he hated drunkenness in anybody, even more so in himself and his household. But he could not abstain from food for long, and often complained that fasts were detrimental to his health. He was so moderate that he would limit himself to drinking on three cups of wine with his dinner. Einhard goes on to say that although he might act like regular people, his attire always made it known that he is of higher class (34-35). He also took his religious affiliation and his thirst for knowledge very seriously; he made sure to learn Latin well enough to pray in it; he practiced the Christian religion with “piety and devotion;” he learned the art of calculation; and “he was very enthusiastic in supporting the poor. His involvement with religion also encouraged him to spend most of his time building and beautifying churches; his favorite was the church of St.

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