Charlemagne and charity

January 8, 2015

Painting of Charlemagne by Karl Baumeister. Photo taken by Bene16.

Painting of Charlemagne by Karl Baumeister. Photo taken by Bene16.

When Charlemagne was informed of the death of one of his bishops he asked:
— “How much did he leave for the poor?”
— “Two pounds of silver.”

A young priest who was present interjected, saying:
— “That’s a very small viaticum to take on such a long journey.”

The Emperor was pleased with the priest’s remark and recommended him to the Pope as a replacement for the deceased bishop.

He then said to the priest:
— “Never forget what you told me and always give more to the poor than him whose conduct you rebuked.”

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Edmond Guérard, Dictionnaire encyclopédique d’anécdotes (Paris: Firmin Didot, 1872), Vol. 2, 466. (Nobility.org translation.)

Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 453

 

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