What were Charlemagne's accomplishments?

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Charlemagne—who sometimes is also known as Charles I or Charles the Great—ruled a large part of Western Europe from 768 to 814. During the course of his reign, he introduced or expanded on several ideas for which he is remembered today. Some of these include:

• The establishment of missi...

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Charlemagne—who sometimes is also known as Charles I or Charles the Great—ruled a large part of Western Europe from 768 to 814. During the course of his reign, he introduced or expanded on several ideas for which he is remembered today. Some of these include:

• The establishment of missi dominici (envoy of the lord). This included the creation of an oversight system that allowed him to assign administrators to far lands, yet continue to supervise them. He did so by assigning representatives to inspect and supervise assigned districts. These representatives had wide powers to implement Charlemagne's wishes.

• An educated clergy. Charlemagne believed that those called to the service of God needed to be educated in order to teach others. He founded monastery schools for this purpose.

• Promotion of intellectual thinking. His court at Aachen is widely considered as an intellectual hub. The palace school allowed children of all classes to attend and learn. Classical literature was especially promoted within the school.

 

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