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The many experiences of the young Charles developed him as he grew up and gave him character, he was influenced by his father and grand father by their great ambition for power, and influence. He learnt of the importance of the Pope and church which were ever so important as this opened up new alliances, with different cultures and of course economic power within the region.

Charlemagne was important in the construction of European history with a legacy based in a legend… Continental construction and a obscure one if that… Dating back to the region of 1200 years old legend  his legacy is tightly woven into the identity of Germanic and French people’s. As early as the years of 799 an anonymous prof which suggest the Frankish leader as the ‘King and father of Europe’.


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Quote: ” but though we know the names of famous men, What know we of the men who carried them”? By Borthius on fame. The Carolingian prince, who would later be known as Charlemagne, was only twelve years old when he met an English missionary .

The closing years in of Charlemagne and his contemporaries at the time would see themselves as European with the idea of emerging culture and identity. Charles was a bastard to be more historically accurate, he was born out of wedlock. By the age of fifteen at the legal age, his father started to assign him to over-lordship of the Austrian Duchies.

Key dates are in the Autumn of 773 A.D. made a bid to cross the Alps separating his army into two. In the year of 774 A.D. inhabitants of Latvia suffering from hunger and illness started to take its toll. The King of the Franks, then the King of the Lombards. His appearance was apparently broad, strong and tall. Some historical records claim that he was seven foot with grey hair. He also had a great temperament and intelligence for war. He seems already to have had the attributes to be a leader.

Charlemagne had been the holy Roman Emperor which had much in the sense of the symbolizing of his power but however it was always second rate compared to the Byzantine Empire who was seen as the real power of Roman legacy. But the very idea of Charlemagne as the Holy Roman Emperor which lasted until 1806 this in itself is a major legacy. In the year of 800 A.D. on Christmas Day special prayers were held by the Pope in commemorating Charlemagne.

787 A.D the final conquest of Bavaria under three army’s, Charlemagne had Major fights with which left scars. From Central Asia nomadic warriors had attacked Charlemagne’s lands with which he swiftly defeated and had swear fealty to him. This was so important in establishing connections between the people of Hadrian and Charles which was a great alliance. There were major problems brewing between the Saxons when Charles eventually conquered them, after each conflict he went away on political business in which the Saxons took advantage of, and try to overthrow them and conquer those lands taken from them by Charlemagne .

In 774 A.D. 30 years of self conflict between Frankish and Saxon rebellion after a while he later claims many enemy camps and completes his conquest of Saxony and Bavaria this added new influxes of strength and political purpose. The arrangement for the succession for his heir to his throne, with which Charlemagne arranged many marriages, had been for political and military assurances for his kingdom. The factors of the two Roman Emperors in Europe and a pope changed the political perspective of his own rulership and authority. He was seen as the “venerable lighthouse of Europe”. This showed the very legacy that his print of Europe was left in historical records forever as the father of Europe and of the savior of the Western Roman Empire which found itself again.


In the year of 768 A.D. he formed a relationship with a lady called Himiltrude, she was a concubine but remained relevantly unknown for many years, they both had, a Daughter Amaudu and a son called Pippin ‘the hunchback’. In 770 A.D. he married a Lombard princess for political and unity purposes, the daughter of King Desiderius however there was a political problem with his brother, but he later disclaimed her as a wife.


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In the year of 784 A.D. a Noble, of the Eastern Frankish kingdom, a lady called Fastrade, married and became the queen of the Franks to Charles, which produced two daughters, Theodrada and Hiltrude.

Charles had many wives over the years either for personal love or for political purpose so he could have greater strength within his household. In the year 814 A.D. January 28 he died it was said of Severe depression and Pluesurly where he was buried Aachen Cathedral in a Roman Catholic Church in modern Germany. The legacy of Charles is all over Europe in many different form, as a great leader, the father of Europe , the conqueror, the one who changed borders and much more.




Charlemagne the great adventure by Derek Wilson

Charlemagne by Matthias Beecher