Charlemagne the Great

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  • The Story of Charlemagne the Great
  • Landon, Megan, Hannah, and Andrew
  • Around 745 Charlemagne the Great also known as Charles the Great, or Charles I King of Franks was born in Liege, present day Belgium.
  • The Kingdom was left to Charlemagne and his brother, Carloman by his father, Pepin the Short. There would have likely been a war in-between the two if Carloman wouldn't have unexpectedly died.
  • He expanded the Frankish Empire. He conquered much of the Saxon territories expanding into what is today's Germany. He also conquered the Lombards in Northern Italy and the city of Rome. Furthermore he conquered Bavaria. With campaigns in Spain to fight the Moors, portions of Spain became part of the Frankish Empire.
  • In the year 800 CE Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne as Emperor of the Romans over the Holy Roman Empire. Although this didn't hold much power, he became highly respected throughout the kingdom.
  • Charlemagne was illiterate, but he believed strongly in education. He helped his people to be literate and be able to read and write. He also instituted many economic reforms.
  • In 813 Charlemagne fell ill with pleurisy he died in Aachen, present day Germany, he left his kingdom to his only legitimate son, Louis the Pious.
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