The Beginning of the Middle Ages

The Beginning of the Middle Ages

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...Franks. Conscious how great it was, they gathered up again under a firm hand the loosely compacted and fast-dissolving elements of the Frank power. They maintained the claim of the Franks to supremacy over their ruder kindred in Alamannia, Bavaria, Thuringia, and even, though with more trouble, over the Saxons. By their vigour and determined perseverance, they beat down at last the obstinate and dangerous revolt of Aquitaine, which, under a line of powerful dukes, Teutonic in name, but southern in feeling, was fast assuming the character of a war of national independence on the part of the Latin South against the Teutonic North. Pipin, at his death (768), had reunited once more under one king all the conquests of Clovis and his successors. And having done this, the Frank kings departed from their former isolation, and entered into new relations with the world outside them. They did three things 1. Carrying on the alliance of Charles Martel with the popes, they founded and built up, as has been already said, the temporal dominion of the papacy, and gave a new importance to the political influence of the popes in Europe. 2. Next, as a consequence of their close relations with the popes they revived in their family the name of the Roman empire and the dignity of the Roman emperor, long suspended in the West, which were to pass, after them, through many hands and many lines, but were never to be extinct again till the beginning of our own century. 3. And lastly, they laid the foundations of modern Germany, and decisively reclaimed it from its primitive barharism to Christendom and to civilization. What Pipin had begun, and begun with sagacity and force, was carried on by a yet stronger hand, on a larger scale, and in the course of more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236780213
  • 9781236780218