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Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne

Profession: Holy Roman Emperor

Nationality: Frank

Biography: Charlemagne united most of Western Europe for the first time since the Roman Empire, and spurred the Carolingian Renaissance. Sometimes called the 'Father of Europe'.

Born: April 2, 742
Birthplace: Li├Ęge, Frankish Kingdom
Star Sign: Aries

Died: January 28, 814 (aged 71)
Cause of Death: Pleurisy

Historical Events

  • 0768-10-09 Charlemagne and his brother Carloman I are crowned Kings of The Franks
  • 0771-12-05 Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman
  • 0774-04-06 Charles the Great (Charlemagne) confirmed the gift to the Pope of the territories belonging to Ravenna made by his father Pepin the Short at Quiercy-sur-Loire in 753
  • 0778-08-15 Battle of Roncevaux Pass: Roland, commander of the rearguard of Charlemagne's army is defeated by the Basques
  • 0794-06-01 Charles the Great (aka Charlemagne) opens general synod in Frankfurt
  • 0800-11-23 Charlemagne arrives in Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Pope Leo III
  • 0800-12-01 Charlemagne judges the accusations against Pope Leo III in the Vatican.
  • 0800-12-25 Pope Leo III crowns Charles the Great (Charlemagne), Roman Emperor

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