15 July 2010

Charlemagne's Dying Discovery?

One hundred and eighty years after the death of Charlemagne, in about the year 1000, officials of the Emperor Otho opened the great king's tomb, where they found an amazing sight apart from the treasures. What they saw was . . . the skeletal remains of the king seated on a throne, the crown still upon his skull, a copy of the Gospels lying in his lap with his bony finger resting on this text: 'What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?'
--Kent Hughes, Mark, Vol. 1: Jesus, Servant and Savior (Crossway 1989), 204

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