Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

History

Date of Award

8-2016

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

William Douglas Burgess

Committee Members

John Rankin, Brian Maxson

Abstract

This thesis examines the eighth century rise in power of the Carolingian Church and the Carolingian dynasty through an early promise of religious revival, monarchial revival, and increased Papal power. Such aims gained the Carolingians a powerful in the Church. Aided by Boniface (672-754 AD) and the Church, the Carolingians replaced the Merovingians in Francia. In conjunction with this revival, Church scholars dictated a reformation of kingship in treatises called the Speculum Principum. A king’s position became tremulous when they strayed from these rules, as it betrayed their alliance. Ultimately, Louis the Pious (778-840 AD) faced deposition after they disagreed on his appointments and adherence to the ideologies of the Speculum Principum.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the author.

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