Ecclesiastical Organization Under Royal Authority
The following selection (including parts of the Preface and certain chapters) from Charlemagne’s general instructions, issued in 789, illustrates the Carolingian conception of theocratic monarchy and the king’s own view of his responsibility for the spiritual as well as the temporal welfare of his people. The “canonical ordinances” which he mentions constituted a collection of canons (the Dionysio-Hadriana) which the king had received from Pope Hadrian I. Some 80 prescriptions on various aspects of religious life followed. A dozen or so years later (802), these were further implemented in detailed instructions to the missi.
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