Charlemagne was one these men who found himself at the turn of an epoch. He is the father of the West, the patriarch of Pan-Europa. The history of the Latin-Germanic peoples unfolded, until the our present day, under his sign. He embodied, symbolically and in anticipation of the future, the feeling, the depth, and tendencies of rich relations in adventures between the German people and French people.
He had his place on the left bank of the Rhine: that is the origin from where he ruled Germany. This fashion of ruling shows clearly the predominance of the Latin regions over the German space. Charlemagne did not conceive any truly Germanic reign. He was living by the idea of the Roman Empire, which, since the times of Caesar, considered the territories on the right bank of the Rhine as an object of colonization and “civilization.” He submitted his Germanicism to the idea of Roman power. The Holy Roman Empire of Charlemagne was a continuation of the Roman Empire. He felt like a Roman emperor. The coronation in Rome was the act that consecrated the instrument of his will to the Roman power.
As a Roman, he crossed the Rhine. With Widukind he avenged the legions of Varus. His empire, which extended until the Eastern March, and he already sought the frontier of the Vistula, became pan-European. He tread on the feet of movements trying to develop, in the Germanic space, an original political existence, following their own laws. Since then, never more have the Germanic peoples, submitted to the Roman spirit, been able to rid themselves of the rules of Latin domination.
The political-military subjugation of the Germans was reinforced by the means of spiritual and psychic alienation coming from Roman civilization. The victory of the French sword cut a path for the ways of the cultural heritage of Rome. Where Charlemagne made the German back bow, Boniface enchained the German conscience. The Christianity presented to the Germans in the form of spiritual bait that attracted them into the trap where coercion, emanating from Rome, met its victims. From the start, the Holy Roman Empire was Roman.
However, no edifice of human power can endure if its not rooted in the blood. With a ruthless hand, Charlemagne took possession of the living substance and transformed it to serve his designs. He considered this substance as too weak to bear his work. It was necessary to make it more robust. The most noble of the Saxons were massacred. Thus the Germans lost the best spokesmen for their desire of liberty and their pride. Then Charlemagne dispersed the Saxons and introduced Latin blood in their regions. With that, his empire was consolidated, not only in that which concerns power and the spirit, but also under the biological plan.
The Germans received the forms of political power and culture from the Latin regions. They were subjugated and it was imposed on them. Thus the rules, dictating their relations with the Latin space, were fixed. Since then, when their view fixes on the Rhine and the Alps, they raise their eyes towards Rome. Henceforth, their blood violently bears elements that, secretly, are attached to that which is foreign and Latin, feeling and desiring it as something familiar.
Charlemagne is the only Emperor that is also a saint of the Catholic Church. Rome owes him Germany. Since Charlemagne, Rome is the “Germanic destiny.” It entered, like a stake, in the the flesh of Germany. The halo of Charles, pale as a malign joy, radiates on a millennium of unhappy history. The Roman poison produced its horrible effect.
Charlemagne left behind him a reality that continues to mark the present. He was a builder and a creator of the first order. He created this foundation full of cracks where the troubles that strike down Germany always arise. Since 1918, his spirit storms against the German, as he once fulminated against the Saxons.