Explain the Rise of Charlemagne starting with his Family’s rise to Power


This should be a 5-7 page essay that demands solid writing based on good historical research (3-5 sources would be best if you go beyond the class notes and the book).
You MUST write your thesis statement at the top of your first page, separate from the main body of the essay; consult the Historical Methods Module for more advice on this as needed
All citations must be done in the Chicago Style Guide, the citation type for History as a discipline (review in Historical Methods Module). You SHOULD include a list of any sources on a separate page (that page is NOT part of the 5-7 pages). You may, however, answer this essay FULLY from our class notes, in which case you do not need a Bibliography.
A cover page is NOT required.
This assessment MUST be typed (11 or 12 point font; Times or Calibri is best), 1.5 spacing and possess good grammar, spelling, and a clear, organized thought-process.
Failure to turn in the assessment on the scheduled date will result in a 10-point drop per day late, up to three days in total. After three days you will receive a 0.

 

Assignment Prompt
In the first centuries since the coming of “the Barbarians” out of central Europe, it appeared that the previous understanding of stability and “nation-state” had been eradicated. Yet, by the 600-700 period, a few strong, former, tribes had gained control of old Gaul, the Iberian peninsula and the island of Albion. Still, no one central power had arisen and perhaps the legends of the old Empires would merely become myths. In the middle 700s, however, one man emerged with the drive to attempt to recreate the glory of the old Roman Empire. Your unit two assessment focuses on the rise, impact and world of Charlemagne.

 

You can best address this essay in four parts:

First, explain the rise of Charlemagne starting with his family’s rise to power
Second, discuss the impact of/during his rule, successes and failures of his reign and the aftermath of his rule, including what happened to his vast empire.
Third, analyze the rising situation of church-state relative to the “Church as social glue” connected to his Empire, and then the impact of this in the years following. This section will go beyond Charlemagne into the 900-1100 time, looking at events or people from this time that reflect on the issue of church-state.
Finally make an assessment for the future of Europe (so, after Charlemagne, the years to come) based on his actions—what will be the impact of a new unified Europe, a new “Roman Empire”—a “Holy Roman Empire.” What do you perceive is going to happen? In other words, what sorts of issues, challenges or developments will emerge in the years to come BECAUSE of Charlemagne’s unification actions.

Your class notes and textbook have all the information necessary to address this essay well, but you may of course do other research. The two following videos may also provide some useful information. Remember to cite any outside sources you use. Remember the Historical Methods module has useful information about research, thesis construction and Chicago style notation.

 

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