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King Charlemagne was a great leader and inspired many other leaders in history as he expanded his Empire. The Tree Maker wants to share a little bit of his history to our customers and hope that you will find it as interesting reading as we did. Feel free to send us an email with any other stories or history on King Charlemagne that you think we should add. We just wanted to touch a little on the Charlemagne Empire and realized that we could have written much more about this great king. The Charlemagne coat of arms or blazon of arms can be found in our records if you do a search for that surname.

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King Charlemagne and the History of the Charlemagne Empire

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Charlemagne or Charles The Great {742 - 814}: Charlemagne was an outstanding figure of his age, and one of the greatest characters in all history. He was a king of the Franks and the first of the Holy Roman emperors. Charles Martel was his grandfather and Pippin the short his father. With his brother Carloman Charles succeeded to the throne, and on the death of Carloman the free vote of the Franks made him sole king.

His reign of forty-six years was filled with wars and conquests, as during that time he undertook fifty-two campaigns, the chief of which were against the Lombards, the Saracens and the Saxons. When Desiderius, king of the Lombards, sought to obtain the succession for the children of Carloman, Charlemagne marched against him, seized all his possessions and placed on his own head the famous "Iron Crown of Lombardy" {774}. Before leaving Italy he visited Rome and confirmed the donation made by his father to the Pope, of certain portions of Lombardy. This was the beginning of the papal claims to temporal supremacy. In 777 Charlemagne made an expedition against the Saracens in Spain. He was victorious, but on the return march across the Pyrenees the rear of his army was attacked by the Gascons and Basques, wild mountaineers of that region, and cut to pieces in the famous Pass of Roncesvalles.

Charlemagne's most frequent and important campaigns were against the Saxons, one of the few pagan German tribes at this time. He was determined to establish Christianity among them at any cost, but for more than thirty years they resisted him. During this struggle, after one of the innumerable revolts, Charlemagne had 4,500 Saxon prisoners put to death at one time. The Saxons at last yielded, and most of the leaders were baptized.

In the year 800 Charlemagne was called to Rome by Pope Leo III to aid him against a hostile faction. The king speedily punished the Pope's enemies, and before leaving Rome was rewarded for his services. During the festivities in the Cathedral of Saint Peter on Christmas Day, Pope Leo approached the kneeling king, placed on his head a crown of gold and proclaimed him emperor of the Romans, the consecrated successor of Caesar Augustus and Constantine.

Charlemagne is famed as a statesman and patron of learning. Under his rule commerce was protected, and robbers who preyed upon traveling merchants were severely dealt with; agriculture was encouraged and improvements were taught ot the farmers, the emperor's own estates being a praiseworthy model. Charlemagne formed at his court a school for the nobles and their sons, and he himself learned to read Latin and even Greek, although he could not write legibly. He was married four times, and left one son, who became Louis I, surnamed The Pious. Charlemagne's empire, at his death, extended from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Danube, thus including modern France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, a little of Spain and most of Italy. His capital was at Aix-la-Chapelle.

After Charlemagne's death the empire was harassed by the Northmen and by internal dissension, until finally, by the Treaty of Verdun in 843, it was divided among his three grandsons, Charles, Lothair, and Louis, the divisions made laying the foundations, subject to some territorial changes, of the modern nations, France, Italy, and Germany, respectively. Charlemagne was one of the greatest kings of European history.


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