David’s Jerusalem

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By: Daniel Pioske

In a letter sent to Charlemagne sometime just prior to 800 CE, Alcuin of York praised his “David,” as Charlemagne wished to be called later in life, for the benevolence with which he “ruled and governed” over Jerusalem.

“David’s Entry into Jerusalem,” by Frans Francken II (Dutch, early 16th century CE). Hermitage Museum.

“David’s Entry into Jerusalem,” by Frans Francken II (Dutch, early 16th century CE). Hermitage Museum.

 

In truth, Charlemagne’s influence in Jerusalem was restricted to sponsorship of a few religious

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