Primary Sources for Chapter 7
From Old Rome to the New West: The Early Middle Ages, A.D. 500 to 1000
The Conversion of Clovis: an account of how the King of the Franks became Christian.
Content Question: What are the people and events that led to Clovis’ conversion?
Analysis Question: How much is his conversion attributable to natural and/or supernatural actions?
Evaluative Questions: Why should Clovis’ baptism be so significant?
Einhard’s Life of Charlemagne: a description of the emperor’s character.
Content Question: What are the main virtues that Einhard lists?
Analysis Question: How do these virtues make Charlemagne seem an ideal ruler in his time period?
Evaluative Questions: How does Charlemagne measure up against other rulers (e.g. Hammurabi, Cyrus, Julius Cæsar, Augustus, or William “the Conqueror,” or Napoleon)?
Charter of Homage and Fealty 1110: the Viscount Bernard Atton of Carcassone becomes the vassal of Abbot Leo of St. Mary’s.
Content Question: What specific acts does Bernard promise to do for his new lord and what does Lord Leo promise in return?
Analysis Question: How do these acts and the document itself form new relationships?
Evaluative Questions: Why would the abbot enter into this kind of relationship? What does this agreement reveal about the interaction of faith and politics?