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Charlemagne’s Wars: Successes and Failures

March 28, 2022

The Saxon wars were considered by some as Charlemagne’s greatest military campaign. Such a long military campaign showcased Charlemagne’s resilience and persistence. However, not all of his wars were so successful. […]

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How Charlemagne Became the Sole King of the Franks

March 28, 2022

After his father died, Charlemagne had to share the kingdom of the Franks with his brother. But after his brother’s sudden death, everything was ready for him to take the whole kingdom for himself. […]

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The Frankish Kingdom Before the Birth of Charlemagne

March 28, 2022

Charlemagne became a symbol of European identity and unity after his imperial coronation. However, before his birth, the Frankish territory was in a state of constant flux because of Frankish system of succession. […]

Charlemagne's old engraved portrait by Gagniet
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Charlemagne’s Final Years, Death, and Burial Site

March 28, 2022

Charlemagne’s imperial title gave him a greater sense of responsibility. He spent more time on legislating, ruling, and governing than on traveling and campaigning. However, with age, his health deteriorated quite a bit. […]

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Quiz: Charlemagne’s Legacy—Can You Separate Fact from Fiction?

March 28, 2022

For more than 1,000 years, Charlemagne has fascinated scholars and the public alike. Test your knowledge with this fun quiz. Learn more about Charlemagne’s political, military, cultural, and religious impact, in our new course from Philip Daileader—Charlemagne: Father of Europe. […]

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The Intense Accusations against Pope Leo III

March 28, 2022

Pope Leo III was accused of fornication and perjury, and there were stories about his less-than-spotless personal life. However, in 800, he cleared his name by swearing an oath. […]

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Charlemagne: Assuming the Imperial Title

March 28, 2022

Charlemagne had many titles to his name: he was King of the Lombards, and King of the Franks, just to name a few. However, that didn’t stop him from acquiring the imperial title. […]

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European History

Knowing Charlemagne through Historical Accounts

January 11, 2022

The accounts of Charlemagne’s life are at times biased as they give us Charlemagne’s side of the story. However, they do provide a lot of information about Charlemagne and his reign. […]

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