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Time Compass

The Carolingian Empire (#115)

This episode tells of Charlemagne and the establishment of the Holy Roman Empire, and how warring European tribes predominated 5th century Europe until Pippin and his son, Charlemagne, became protector of the Papal States. Students learn about the social structure of peasants, knights, kings, and clergy in a typical feudal system, comparing European fiefdoms with those protected by the Samurai in Japan. Charlemagne’s quest for knowledge resulted in the establishment of universities and the protection of the world’s knowledge by monks as the European world again descended into chaos after his death. [20 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: Based on a series of books, the Time Compass uses innovative and stylized animation to portray significant historical events and transport the viewer through time to ancient civilizations from around the world. From simple inventions to influencing our modern government, these societies have shaped the way we live today.

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