What Makes Saul and Charlemagne Good Kings or Choices for Kings?
Few would defy such a fierce and powerful military leader.
First of all it is the passion for learning. Secondly, it is the passion for their gods. As a result Charlemagne made a declaration that his subjects will not only be men and women of good character they must also be wise and knowledgeable and this can only be achieved through education. The Germans, like the Saxons were very much devoted to their gods and this early understanding of religion greatly influenced Charlemagne when he became a Christian. He wanted the same veneration to be channeled towards the promulgation of Christianity and so in Capitulary for Saxony he made the following edict “It was pleasing to all that the churches of Christ, which are now being built in Saxony and consecrated to God, should not have less, but greater and more illustrious honor, than the fanes of the idols had had” (Halsall, 1996, p.1). This was his mindset throughout his reign. For we desire you to be, as it is fitting that soldiers of the church should be, devout in mind, learned in discourse, chaste in conduct and eloquent in speech, so that whosoever shall seek to see you out of reverence of God, or on account of your reputation for holy conduct, just as he is edified by your appearance, may also be instructed by your wisdom, which he has learned from your reading or singing, and may go away joyfully giving thanks to omnipotent God (Salhall, 1996, p.1).
Nevertheless, Charlemagne became a legendary figure endowed with mythical qualities. In 1165, under Emperor Frederick Barbarossa (1122-1190), Charlemagne was canonized for political reasons; however, the church today does not recognize his sainthood.
Salhall, Paul. Medieval Sourcebook: Charlemagne: Summons to Army c. 804-11. Fordham University. June 1996. Web.
Salhall, Paul. Medieval Sourcebook: Charlemagne: Capitulary for Saxony 775-790. Fordham University. June 1996. Web.