16. The Creation of the French Realm

16.0 Introduction

The values defended during 1000 years by Christendom are now forgotten and Christendom has left place to national egoisms. This drift is in part due to an inappropriate response to the provocations of the Nomad and the fall is due … Continue reading

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16.1 The Fall of Rome

Montesquieu attributed in 1734 the fall of Rome to the Romans, not to the barbarians nor the Christian faith. The roman civilization thrived on slavery, legal submission of women, an inflexible social structure backed by the bloody repression of any … Continue reading

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16.2 The Franks

The Burgunds, the Ostrogoths, the Visigoths were initially Aryan Christians. They developed Law Codes that reduced to rule and reason the social relations between the Romano-Gallic population and the conquerors. The Salian Franks devised a Codex at the beginning of … Continue reading

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16.3 The Imperial Law

In Byzantium, the Justinian Law was promulgated in 534 and was applied until the fall of Constantinople on May 29, 1453. This Imperial Law was extremely severe for religious deviants (monophysites, Arians, etc.) and sexual irregularities, influenced by an offended … Continue reading

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16.4 The conquest of the known world by Nomads

Civilization is in essence the fight against poverty, disease and contingency. The grand history of civilization is the fight against nomadism, already defined by Zarathoustra as the enemy of civilization. The Visigoths thrived in Spain and the South of France … Continue reading

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16.5 Francia

The society of Francia divided into two starkly opposed classes: the rulers who possessed all and the ruled who attempted in vain to gain a share of the wealth produced. A third priestly class was accepted on the condition that … Continue reading

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16.6 The kingdom of France

Feudal traditions allowed counties, duchies and fiefs to pass under different rulers according to marital arrangements. The emperor Charles the fifth was born in Gent (Belgium) and ruled over Belgians, Dutch, Germans, Italians, Slavs and Spaniards, not including Amerindians. The … Continue reading

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16.7. The Philosophy Of History

The brutality of the European expansion, the Inquisition, the Renaissance, the opulence of the Ottoman Empire challenged the understanding of the Universe as Scholasticism taught it (see 12.3). Aquinas had developed in 21 bundles a superb Somma that established the … Continue reading

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