Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Civilisation 1: The Skin of Our Teeth: 4

"Charlemagne is the first great man of action to emerge from the darkness since the collapse of the Roman world" (Clark, 1969, p.18).

The clip chronicles the rise of the Frankish Kingdom after the defeat of the Moors in 732AD by Charles Martel. Without Martel's victory "Western Civilisation may never have existed" and without Charlemagne the great administrator and tireless campaigner  "we would never have had the notion of a United Europe" (Clark, 1969, p.18).

Clark, K., (1969) Civilisation: A personal view. London: BBC/J. Murray

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