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Einhard

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Eginhard

(ā`gĭnhärt), c.770–840, Frankish historian. Educated in the monastery of Fulda, he continued his studies at Charlemagne's palace school in Aachen and rose to high favor with the emperor. Emperor Louis I made Einhard tutor or adviser to his son Lothair. Later he became the abbot of several monasteries and was rewarded with grants of land. In 830 he sought to reconcile Louis and the rebellious Lothair. Einhard wrote the Vita Karoli Magni (Life of Charlemagne), based on his 23 years of service with Charlemagne. Using SuetoniusSuetonius
(Caius Suetonius Tranquillus) , c.A.D. 69–c.A.D. 140, Roman biographer. Little is known about his life except that he was briefly the private secretary of Emperor Hadrian.
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's word portrait of Augustus as his model, Einhard described all aspects of Charlemagne's appearance and activities. Other writings include a history of the transferral from Rome to Germany of the relics of Marcellinus and Peter (4th-century martyrs). His works and correspondence are accurate and detailed sources on contemporary society. However, the annals that bear his name were almost certainly not written by him.
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Einhard

 

(also Eginhard). Born circa 770, in Maingau; died Mar. 14, 840, in Seligenstadt. A figure in the Carolingian renaissance; friend and adviser to Charlemagne.

Einhard was educated in the monastery at Fulda. At the court of Charlemagne he won recognition for his knowledge of science and the arts, and he became an active member of the Academy. He supervised the construction of the cathedral at Aachen and the royal palace at Ingelheim. The Vita Caroli Magni (Life of Charlemagne) written by Einhard in Latin after Charlemagne’s death enjoyed wide popularity in the Middle Ages. The work contains a great deal of factual information, but owing to his adulation of Charlemagne, Einhard distorted his accounts of the emperor’s foreign policy and wars. Some of Einhard’s religious works and more than 60 of his letters have been preserved.

WORKS

Vie de Charlemagne. Paris, 1923.

REFERENCE

Kleinclausz, A. Eginhard. Paris, 1942.
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