History knows a lot of interesting moments that we probably won’t be able to see today. It doesn’t matter that history should not be known. Nobody knows when exactly Europe was created after the fallen Roman Empire. But Rome left many useful tools to create new countries and solve everything with diplomacy. Was it done that way? That is a difficult question. Today, we can read about those fantastic episodes. though, the truth might never be found. When you get bored with reading or thinking, try the modern Vave to remove your boredom. Some historians think that France was the first country in Europe that managed to create itself.
The New King
If we are talking about the West, then the origins of this unity should be sought in the empire of Charlemagne. But we are implying a certain conditional unity of the Romano-Germanic peoples, bound by a common historical destiny. In 843 the empire collapsed, but it gave birth to the feudal Catholic West.
The empire of Charlemagne was a melting pot in which the processes of formation of new European peoples took place. It led to the creation of nation-states that exist today. Charlemagne left to his descendants the imperial idea and the model of the universal state. Those states became the models for subsequent European empires. During different empires from the Holy Roman Empire to the empire of Napoleon I those models worked.
In modern Europe, Charlemagne is considered one of the forerunners of European integration. Since 1950, in Aachen, the capital of the empire of Charles, the annual awarding of the Charlemagne Prize for his contribution to the unity of Europe has been held.
At the same time, Charlemagne unwittingly contributed to the split of Europe into the Catholic West and the Orthodox East, which had profound, in many ways tragic, consequences. But, as is usually the case with historical figures of this magnitude, Charlemagne contained all the contradictions of his era.
Fame And Glory
Charlemagne became famous not only as a conqueror and founder of an empire. The so-called. “Carolingian Revival”. The court Academy founded by Charles, which included the best minds of Europe (Alcuin, Angilbert, Theodulf, Einhard), became a hotbed of scientific and religious knowledge, which for the first time illuminated the Dark Ages of European history. After his death, Charlemagne became the hero of epic tales, along with Alexander the Great and King Arthur. One of the episodes of Charles’ campaign in Spain formed the basis of the plot of the heroic poem “The Song of Roland”.
Despite the huge historical distance separating us from Charlemagne, interest in his era does not wane. And this is no coincidence. As the prominent historian and writer Anatoly Lewandowsky (1920-2008) wrote: “You will never understand either the medieval or the modern history of such states as France, Germany or Italy, if you forget the beginning of this history if you discount their path through the empire of Charlemagne … For it was going, this history, from the “barbarian” states of the early Middle Ages to the states of new nationalities, through the Empire – to Europe.