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Excerpt from The Medieval Empire, Vol. 2How was the monarchy to exploit and to control this dangerous military sentiment, this abundant human material of war? In the eighth century the problem was more difficult, for the military energy of theMoreExcerpt from The Medieval Empire, Vol. 2How was the monarchy to exploit and to control this dangerous military sentiment, this abundant human material of war? In the eighth century the problem was more difficult, for the military energy of the Germanic races was still fresh and exuberant, and the internecine strife of the Merovingian sovereigns had made every Frank a fighting man. Yet it was met for a time by the first sovereigns of the Carolingian house in a manner which was at any rate of transitory efficacy. They do not indeed organize professional armies like the armies of the early Roman empire or of the Byzantines. Their levies receive no state pay. There are no standing legionary camps, there is no state commissariat, no war budget, no code of military discipline. But just as Napoleon utilized the amazing energy created in France by the Revolution to spread French culture and dominion through Europe, so the early monarchs of the Caroling house utilize the amazing energy of the fresh Germanic peoples to diffuse through Europe the Christianity of the Latin Church.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.