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Charlemagne Emperor of the West, King of Frank

Charlemagne Emperor of the West, King of Frank

Male 742 - 814  (71 years)

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  • Name Charlemagne Emperor of the West   [1
    Suffix King of Frank 
    Born 2 Apr 742  Ingolheim Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Acceded 9 Oct 768 
    King of the Franks 
    Crowned 25 Dec 800 
    Emperor of th Carolingian Empire 
    • Charlemagne reached the height of his power in 800 when he was «u»crowned «/u» as "«u»Emperor «/u»" by «u»Pope Leo III «/u» on Christmas Day.
    Name "Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne 
    _FSFTID 94JN-KLZ 
    _FSLINK https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=94JN-KLZ 
    Died 28 Jan 814  Aachen, Kaln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Aachen Cathedral, Aachen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Acceded: 768

      aka Charles the Great. Had two more mistresses:
      Adalind, son Theodric (807-818) a cleric.
      unknown, son Richbod (800-844) abbott of St-Riquier.
      King of the Lombards 774. Holy Roman Emperor.


      http://www.hull.ac.uk/php/cssbct/cgi-bin/gedlkup.php/n=royal?royal03023

      And

      http://www.rpi.edu/~holmes/Hobbies/Genealogy/ps03/ps03_448.htm

      Charles died after four years of failing health, from pleurisy, and is buried in the chapel at Aachen (now part of the cathedral)(Aachen = Aix la Chapelle). A contemporary account states that he was almost seven feet in height, in an era when few men were even six feet - "large and strong, and of lofty stature, though not disproportionately tall...the upper part of his head was round, his eyes very large and animated, nose a little long, hair fair, and face laughing and merry." He was warm, outgoing and athletic. {Popular account: "Charlemagne," Harold Lamb (Doubleday, 1954).} --- Compton's Encyclopedia (America On-Line, 1995) reports: CHARLEMAGNE (742?-814). "By the sword and the cross," Charlemagne (Charles the Great) became master of Western Europe. It was falling into decay when Charlemagne became joint king of the Franks in 768. Except in the monasteries, people had all but forgotten education and the arts. Boldly Charlemagne conquered barbarians and kings alike. By restoring the roots of learning and order, he preserved many political rights and revived culture. Charlemagne's grandfather was Charles Martel, the warrior who crushed the Saracens (see Charles Martel). Charlemagne was the elder son of Bertrade ("Bertha Greatfoot") and Pepin the Short, first "mayor of the palace" to become king of the Franks. Although schools had almost disappeared in the 8th century, historians believe that Bertrade gave young Charles some education and that he learned to read. His devotion to the church motivated him throughout life. Charlemagne was tall, powerful, and tireless. His secretary, Eginhard, wrote that Charlemagne had fair hair and a "face laughing and merry . . . his appearance was always stately and dignified." He had a ready wit, but could be stern. His tastes were simple and moderate. He delighted in hunting, riding, and swimming. He wore the Frankish dress--linen shirt and breeches, a silk-fringed tunic, hose wrapped with bands, and, in winter, a tight coat of otter or marten skins. Over all these garments "he flung a blue cloak, and he always had a sword girt about him." Charlemagne's character was contradictory. In an age when the usual penalty for defeat was death, Charlemagne several times spared the lives of his defeated foes; yet in 782 at Verden, after a Saxon uprising, he ordered 4,500 Saxons beheaded. He compelled the clergy and nobles to reform, but he divorced two of his four wives without any cause. He forced kings and princes to kneel at his feet, yet his mother and his two favorite wives often overruled him in his own household.

      References: [AR7],[DFA],[PlantagenetA],[ES],[RFC]

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlemagne
    Person ID I2785  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2015 

    Father Pepin III "The Short" of the Franks, King of Franks,   b. 715, Jupile an der Maas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 768, Saint Denis Basilica, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Bertrada II of Laon,   b. Abt 720, Laon, Aisne, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 783, Choisy, Haute-savoie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Married 740  [1
    Family ID F761  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Himiltude,   b. Abt 742,   d. Abt 780  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Married Abt 768 
    Children 
     1. Amaudru,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Pepin The Hunchback, Monk At Prüm,   b. Abt 769,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2008 
    Family ID F762  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Desideria,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 770 
    Type: Annulment 
    Marriage Fact 771 
    Annulment 
    _STAT 771 
    Annulment 
    Last Modified 3 Nov 2012 
    Family ID F763  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Hildegarde of Vinzgau,   b. 758, Savoyen Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 783, Thionville Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years) 
    Married 771  Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Charles the Younger, Duke of Ingelheim,   b. 772,   d. 4 Dec 811, Bavaria Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     2. Adelaide,   b. 774,   d. 774  (Age 0 years)
     3. Rotrud (Hruodrud),   b. Abt 775,   d. 6 Jun 810  (Age ~ 35 years)
     4. Pepin of Italy, King of Italy,   b. Apr 777,   d. 8 Jul 810  (Age ~ 33 years)
     5. Louis I The Pious of Aquitaine, King of France,   b. Aug 778, Chassanuiel, Aquitaine, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 840  (Age ~ 61 years)
     6. Lothar,   b. 778,   d. 6 Feb 779  (Age 1 years)
     7. Lady Bertha,   b. 779, Aachen, Rheinland, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 826  (Age 47 years)
     8. Gisela,   b. 781,   d. 808  (Age 27 years)
     9. Hildegard,   b. 782,   d. 783  (Age 1 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F765  Group Sheet

    Family 4 Fastrada,   d. 794 
    Married 783 
    Children 
     1. Theodrada of Argenteuil, Abbess of Argenteuil,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Hiltrude,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2008 
    Family ID F768  Group Sheet

    Family 5 Luitgard,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 794 
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2008 
    Family ID F769  Group Sheet

    Family 6 Madelgard,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Type: Associated with 
    _STAT Associated with 
    Children 
     1. Ruothild of Faremoutiers, Abbess of Faremoutiers,   d. 852
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2008 
    Family ID F770  Group Sheet

    Family 7 Gersvind,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Type: Associated with 
    Associated
    • Had children
    _STAT Associated with 
    Children 
     1. Adaltrude,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2008 
    Family ID F771  Group Sheet

    Family 8 Regina,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Drogo of Metz, Bishop of Metz,   b. 801,   d. 855  (Age 54 years)
     2. Hugh of St. Quentin, Abott of St. Quentin,   b. 802,   d. 844  (Age 42 years)
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2008 
    Family ID F772  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Charlemagne
    Charlemagne
    Coat of Arms
    Coat of Arms
    Charlemagne
    Charlemagne
    In the Cathedral of Moulins, France, end of the 15th century

  • Sources 
    1. [S36] Directory of Royal Genealogical Data, Brian Tompsett, Dept of Computer Science, University of Hull, England([email protected]), (This work is Copyright b 1994-2002 Brian C Tompsett).