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Important dates: 768-814 - Ruled most of Western Europe 771 -Became king of the Franks


He embarked on a mission to unite all Germanic peoples into one kingdom, and convert his subjects to Christianity. A skilled military strategist, he spent much of his reign engaged in warfare in order to accomplish his goals. In 800, Pope Leo III (750-816) crowned Charlemagne emperor of the Romans. In this role, he encouraged the Carolingian Renaissance, a cultural and intellectual revival in Europe. When he died in 814, Charlemagne’s empire encompassed much of Western Europe, and he had also ensured the survival of Christianity in the West.

Charlemagne took the Frankish thrown in 768, and became King of Italy. From 800 he became the first Holy Roman emperor, the first recognized emperor in Europe since the fall of Western Roman Empire, three centuries earlier. The expanded Frankish state Charlemagne founded was called the Carolingian Empire.

Charlemagne, was a medieval emperor who ruled much of Western Europe from 768 to 814. In 771, Charlemagne became king of the Franks, a Germanic tribe in present-day Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and western Germany.

Charlemagne became king of the Frank's in 768 A.D. He conquered a vast empire and attempted to recreate the glory of the Roman Empire.

Charlemagne learned to read Latin and some Greek but apparently did not master writing. At meals, instead of having jesters perform, he listened to visiting scholars read from learned works. Charlemagne believed that government should be for the benefit of the governed. He was a reformer who tried to improve his subject’s lives. He set up money standards to encourage commerce and urged better farming methods.

By: Vanessa Garcia


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