Erin asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 7 years ago

what did charlemagne do when one of his children nearly betrayed him? Was it fair?

3 Answers

  • 7 years ago
    Best Answer

    Pepin (or Pippin) the so-called Hunchback was banished to/imprisoned in a monastery after his attempted coup against Charlemagne. If you consider that the coup was high treason and one could have reasonably expected the death penalty for it, being sent to a monastery to live was pretty mild. This was actually pretty normal for Charlemagne; he preferred to isolate his political foes in monasteries rather than kill them, presumably to prevent someone trying to avenge them if he had killed them.

    It's not clear why Pippin launched this coup. It seems likely that a lot of the Frankish nobility were unhappy with Charlemagne around this time (792). After the disastrous failure in Spain and the massacre of the army's rearguard at Roncesvalles in 778, he had spent the 780s crushing the quasi-independent dukes who ruled around the frontiers of the Frankish kingdom. Benevento in Italy in 786, Bavaria in 788. The legality of this line of action was really doubtful - the trial of Tassilo of Bavaria was clearly a kangaroo court - and a lot of the nobles may have worried that the king was going to go on to act against the rest of them. So they tried to set his son up as a better deal.

  • Bobby
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    It was his son Pepin the Hunchback who Charlemagne had banished to a monastery. The question of it is was fair is no from a moral stand point but, more understandable from a political stand point since he did rebel against his father.

  • facer
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Pepin The Hunchback

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