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Discussion Week 6

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1. Why was Charlemagne's reign regarded in posterity as the epitome of good kingship in the Middle Ages?
[The personal connections between the Carolingian kings and their followers became the basis of a new political and administrative structure. Also, the promotion of religious scholarship and education, together with the introduction and dissemination of a rapid, legible script (Caroline minuscule), encouraged a cultural revival which united diverse elements into a distinctive legacy.]

2. Discuss "Promoting religious scholarship and education, Charlemagne encouraged a cultural revival uniting diverse elements into a distinctive legacy."
[What were the principal features of the Carolingian Renaissance and what means did Charlemagne and his successors adopt to ensure its success? Think of the renaissance from all its aspects.]

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