Charlemagne otherwise known as Charles the Great was the King of the Franks who became the Emperor of the Carolingian empire. But what makes him such a significant individual in the medieval history of Europe?
Charlemagne was the oldest son of Pepin the Short and Bertrada of Laon, he became king in 768ad initially as the co-ruler with his brother Carloman I. However due to Carloman's sudden unexplained death in 771ad Charlemagne became the undisputed ruler of the Frankish kingdom. We are not exactly sure when Charlemagne was born as quoted by Einhard
"It would be folly, I think, to write a word concerning Charles' birth and infancy, or even his boyhood, for nothing has ever been written on the subject, and there is no one alive now who can give information on it. Accordingly, I determined to pass that by as unknown, and to proceed at once to treat of his character, his deeds, and such other facts of his life as are worth telling and setting forth, and shall first give an account of his deeds at home and abroad, then of his character and pursuits, and lastly of his administration and death, omitting nothing worth knowing or necessary to know."
But it is believed that he was born in the year 742 in the town of Aachen in modern day Germany.
By the time Charlemagne had become king his country occupied nearly all of modern day France, all of Belgium and the Netherlands, most of Switzerland and large areas of Germany. To this he added Saxony, Bavaria, large parts of Austrian this alone a remarkable achievement however Charlemagne had one goal in mind the rebuilding of society. On the 25th of December in the year 800 Charlemagne was crowned emperor by Pope Leo III...