The New Israel and Its Rulers

J. M. Wallace‐Hadrill

in The Frankish Church

Published in print December 1983 | ISBN: 9780198269069
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600777 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 The New Israel and Its Rulers

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The first part of this chapter looks at the reign of Louis the Pious, sole survivor of Charlemagne's legitimate sons in 814, during which there were two revolts (the last of which temporarily unseated Louis). These resulted from a reallocation of the future rule of his Frankish empire between his sons (because a fourth was born), which went against the original solemn religious and legal statement of his Ordinatio imperii of 817; another factor in one of these revolts was the perception of Louis as a notable protector of Jews. This turmoil powerfully affected men who were well able to think and write, and many records are available for the period that testify to the troubles that Louis the Pious had with his sons, magnates and the most influential churchmen in the land. The second part of the chapter looks at the reign of Charles the Bald, the fourth son of Louis the Pious by his second wife Judith, who ruled first in West Francia, then in Central Francia (Lotharingia, which he seized after the death of Lothar II), and then (crowned by the Pope) as emperor of East Francia (succeeding his nephew Louis II). Charles was the most in Charlemagne's tradition of the four sons of Louis the Pious, and resumed the course of the renaissance of the Frankish Church initiated by the early Carolingians, organized by Charlemagne, but deflected by Louis the Pious, whose models had lain more in the New Testament than the Old.

Keywords: Carolingian period; Central Francia; Charlemagne; Charles the Bald; East Francia; Frankish Church; history; Louis the Pious; Ordinatio imperii; religious history; renaissance; West Francia

Chapter.  15928 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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