Charlemagne's Reformation

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Charlemagne’s reform of the church was key to the governance of his empire. The local priests and clergy were ineffective in their service to the people, and became apathetic towards their communities (Text Pg. 233). To this effect, Charlemagne and his son, reformed the churches and parishes so that they best served the people, and the King. Competent staff were placed in positions of influence so as to increase the effectiveness of the church (Text Pg. 235).

Charlemagne also knew that organization of his empire would be key to stability. He established a network of “counts” that would oversee royal estates (Text Pg. 235). He also sent emissaries, also known as “Missi Dominici,” to these royal estates to ensure they were being run properly

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