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date: 26 June 2019

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In this chapter, a variety of aspects of medieval Christianity are explored through the lens of the Carolingian empire, and Charlemagne’s reign in particular. The context for and impact of the Carolingian ‘reforms’ is explored across a range of areas: baptism and godparenthood, the management of monasteries, the roles of bishop and priest, the acts of charity and piety expected of ‘all Christians’, the use of prayers and blessings as protective ‘magic’. Throughout the chapter attention is paid to the complex interplay of religion and politics, and the chapter attempts to unpick what it really meant to be ‘Christian’ in this time and place, and what it meant to believe.

Keywords: Oaths, baptism, godparents, reform, monasteries, religion and politics, conversion

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