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Andrew McRae and John West

in 1625. One emblem from that year figured the marriage as the entwining of the rose and the fleur-de-lis.  21 seraph’s] referring to one of the Seraphim, biblical creatures with six wings (see Isaiah 6:2).  23 Parnassus hill] in classical mythology thought to be a source of poetic inspiration.  29 Charlemagne] founder of the Carolingian Empire. Here, a figure for Charles I.  33–4] Charles II was crowned King of Scotland on 1 January 1651. 34 His grandsire’s] referring to James VI of Scotland and I of England; Charles II’s p­ aternal grandfather.  40 45 50

in Literature of the Stuart successions
Torbjørn L. Knutsen

power and authority over vast, Western territories. However, the Carolingian Empire (like the Merovingian Empire before it) did not long survive its founder. It disintegrated in all but name soon after Charlemagne’s death. The demise of the Carolingian Empire was quickened by new waves of destructive migrations. Magyar, Viking and Arab assaults threatened to bring chaos to the Far West in the eighth and ninth centuries – as the Goths had done half a millennium earlier. But the Carolingian Empire lacked a strong imperial centre. Although Charlemagne had

in A history of International Relations theory (third edition)