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9-4-2021 3:15 PM

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9-4-2021 4:50 PM

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Charlemagne (Emperor : 742-814), France -- Kings and rulers -- History, France -- History -- To 987, Europe -- History -- 392-814

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Charlemagne, one of the most famous figures in Western history, continues to attract the attention of contemporary scholars. Historian Chris Wickham argues in his book Medieval Europe, somewhat conventionally, that Charlemagne’s leadership should primarily be seen through his military efforts. However, historian Janet Nelson in her recent biography, King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne, published in 2019 reveals a much more complex picture of Charlemagne that places much more emphasis on his Christian worldview and its impact on his life. My paper illustrates the challenge of writing a synthetic overview of such a large subject as Medieval Europe. I raise the issue of how should one read a survey of a large topic recognizing that the reader needs to be skeptical of overgeneralization and over simplification.

PART OF SESSION 4A. SOCIETY AT WAR:

Comment: Charity Urbanski, University of Washington
Chair: Dane J. Cash, Carroll College

Melina Arciniega, University of Alaska Fairbanks, undergraduate student
“Born and Bred in Blood: The Fall of the Aztec Empire”

Rebecca Devereaux, Whitworth University, undergraduate student
“Charlemagne: Nuancing the Conventional Narrative”

Luke Lambert, Gonzaga University, undergraduate student
“Sicut Regale: An Analysis of the Sovereignty and Rule of the Welsh Marcher Lords”

Craig J. Verniest, Seattle University, undergraduate student
“The Manifestation of Total War in the Mexican Revolution”

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Apr 9th, 3:15 PM Apr 9th, 4:50 PM

Charlemagne: Nuancing the Conventional Narrative

Charlemagne, one of the most famous figures in Western history, continues to attract the attention of contemporary scholars. Historian Chris Wickham argues in his book Medieval Europe, somewhat conventionally, that Charlemagne’s leadership should primarily be seen through his military efforts. However, historian Janet Nelson in her recent biography, King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne, published in 2019 reveals a much more complex picture of Charlemagne that places much more emphasis on his Christian worldview and its impact on his life. My paper illustrates the challenge of writing a synthetic overview of such a large subject as Medieval Europe. I raise the issue of how should one read a survey of a large topic recognizing that the reader needs to be skeptical of overgeneralization and over simplification.

PART OF SESSION 4A. SOCIETY AT WAR:

Comment: Charity Urbanski, University of Washington
Chair: Dane J. Cash, Carroll College

Melina Arciniega, University of Alaska Fairbanks, undergraduate student
“Born and Bred in Blood: The Fall of the Aztec Empire”

Rebecca Devereaux, Whitworth University, undergraduate student
“Charlemagne: Nuancing the Conventional Narrative”

Luke Lambert, Gonzaga University, undergraduate student
“Sicut Regale: An Analysis of the Sovereignty and Rule of the Welsh Marcher Lords”

Craig J. Verniest, Seattle University, undergraduate student
“The Manifestation of Total War in the Mexican Revolution”