The Wars of Charlemagne – An Annotated Timeline

July 31, 2008 at 3:22 am

Charlemagne is considered the greatest of the Frankish kings. He secured the realm’s borders, subdued rebellious vassal states, and significantly extended the kingdom’s domain. He created the Holy Roman Empire which would dominate much of Europe throughout the Middle Ages. He was the first European emperor since the end of the Roman Empire.

After his father died in September, 768, Charlemagne became ruler of the western half of the Frankish Kingdom. When his brother Carloman died in December of 771, Charlemagne also took control of the eastern half. He immediately began a series of military campaigns which would run without interruption until his death in 812. More

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