Hey Emma. Remember the time you did our Medieval report on Clovis and I did one on Charlemagne?
Yeah Rachel, that was lots of fun. What exactly did we research on? I kinda forgot.
Clovis was the first Frankish leader. He was very influential, by unifying his kingdom after his conversion to Christianity. Clovis was also in good hands with allies including the Pope. He was very brutal though, killing those who seemed that they wanted to overpower him.
Charlemagne was a Christian ruler of the Franks. He was strong, gaining almost all of today's western Europe, doubling the size of his kingdom. He also converted many Germans to Christianity. Finally, Charlemagne created a stable empire for his people.
l ----+---- l l l
Both Clovis and Charlemagne were Christian believers. Originally, Clovis was pagan. He converted when he won wars after defeat when praying to God. This was because of his wife´s influence.
Charlemagne had a bad relationship and conflict against the Pope. Since the Pope crowned him emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, it meant that he had less power than the Pope. Charlemagne thought he had the power from God himself, the Divine Right.
I, Pope Leo III, have more power than Charlemagne. Hah!
Charlemagne also hated the Saxons, an enemy Germany tribe. After one of their revolts, their 4,500 leaders were beheaded in one day.
We are going to be beheaded!
Finally, Charlemagne made sure education was an important part of his kingdom. He created a school so that all people could have excellent education.
Yep, that is right. Now lets have some fun.
Basically, both of these emperors were great Frankish leaders.