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Furthermore, Benedict wrote of his belief that monks had an obligation to help those less fortunate. He outlined that this could be fulfilled in such ways as helping the poor, visiting the sick, and burying the dead. ”30 Charlemagne’s Influence By the 800s, monasticism—and Christianity overall—was more a part of daily life in Europe than ever before. This was especially true in the Frankish Empire, where Charlemagne’s rule was at its apex. Charlemagne was not the first European ruler to become a Christian and was not even the first in his own dynasty.
The Frankish king also gave clergy leaders a number of educational responsibilities beyond daily instruction. Among these were the creation of textbooks 33 Charlemagne brutally subjugated the populations he conquered and plundered their treasures but at the same, under his reign, innovations in economics and education contributed to the development of European civilization. and a standardized curriculum. He also sponsored the creation of Carolingian minuscule, a form of writing based on the Roman alphabet that was an important step forward in the ability to communicate.
Beginning in about 780, when he was in his late thirties, he began to pass authority to the next generation. 34 Charlemagne made arrangements to divide his realm between two of his sons, Carloman and Louis the Pious. ) Carloman was appointed king of Italy and assumed a new name: Pépin the Short. Louis, meanwhile, became king of Aquitaine and heir to the throne. In 813 Louis was named co-emperor with his father. Early in 814 Charlemagne fell ill with pleurisy, a respiratory disease, and passed away in late January.