Person:Charlemagne (1)

     
Charlemagne
b.2 Apr 748
Facts and Events
Name[1] Charlemagne
Alt Name Charles "The Great" , Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire
Alt Name Karl der Große
Alt Name Imperador Carolus Magnus
Alt Name Karolus , serenissimus augustus a Deo coronatus magnus et pacificus imperator Romanum gubernans imperium et per misericordiam Dei rex Francorum et Longobardorum
Gender Male
Birth[11][12] 2 Apr 748 House of Carolingian
Other? 0754 Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, Franceanointed by the pope, at the coronation of this father
Occupation? from 0768 to 0814 King of the Franks
Marriage  Cohabitation without marriage formalities?  
to Himiltrude
Marriage abt 770 to Desiderata , wife of Charlemagne
Annulment abt 771 from Desiderata , wife of Charlemagne
Marriage bet 1 Jan 0771 and 30 Apr 0771 Aachen, Rheinland, Preußen, Germanyto Hildegard of Vinzgouw, Empress of the Holy Roman Empire
Marriage  Cohabitation without marriage formalities?  
to Gersuinda
Marriage  Cohabitation without marriage formalities?  
to Mathalgard
Marriage Oct 783 Worms, Hessen, Germanyto Fastrada
Marriage bet Oct 0794 and 0796 to Luitgard
Marriage 0800  Cohabitation without marriage formalities?  
to Regina
Marriage abt 806  Cohabitation without marriage formalities?  
to Amaltrud , of Vienne
Death[1][11] 28 Jan 0814 Aachen, Rheinland, Preußen, Germany
Ancestral File Number 9GCC-89
Physical Description[1][3] 6 ft. 1/2 in.
Burial? Aachen Cathedral, Aachen, Rheinland, Preußen, Germany


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Charlemagne (; 2 April 742/747/748[1]28 January 814), also known as Charles the Great or Charles I, was the King of the Franks from 768, the King of Italy from 774, and from 800 the first emperor in western Europe since the collapse of the Western Roman Empire three centuries earlier. The expanded Frankish state he founded is called the Carolingian Empire.

The oldest son of Pepin the Short and Bertrada of Laon, Charlemagne became king in 768 following the death of his father. He was initially co-ruler with his brother Carloman I. Carloman's sudden death in 771 under unexplained circumstances left Charlemagne as the undisputed ruler of the Frankish Kingdom. Charlemagne continued his father's policy towards the papacy and became its protector, removing the Lombards from power in northern Italy, and leading an incursion into Muslim Spain. He also campaigned against the peoples to his east, Christianizing them upon penalty of death, at times leading to events such as the Massacre of Verden. Charlemagne reached the height of his power in 800 when he was crowned as "Emperor" by Pope Leo III on Christmas Day at Old St. Peter's Basilica.

Called the "Father of Europe" (pater Europae), Charlemagne united most of Western Europe for the first time since the Roman Empire. His rule spurred the Carolingian Renaissance, a period of cultural and intellectual activity within the Catholic Church. Both the French and German monarchies considered their kingdoms to be descendants of Charlemagne's empire.

Charlemagne died in 814 after having ruled as Emperor for just over thirteen years. He was laid to rest in his imperial capital of Aachen in today's Germany. His son Louis the Pious succeeded him as Emperor.

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References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Charlemagne, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).

    Marriages and heirs
    Charlemagne had twenty children over the course of his life with eight of his ten known wives or concubines. Nonetheless, he only had four legitimate grandsons, the three sons of his third son Louis, so that the claimants to his inheritance remained few.

    His first relationship was with Himiltrude. The nature of this relationship is variously described as concubinage, a legal marriage or as a Friedelehe.[19] (Charlemagne put her aside when he married Desiderata.) The union with Himiltrude produced two children:
    Amaudru, a daughter[20]
    Pippin the Hunchback (c. 769-811)
    After her, his first wife was Desiderata, daughter of Desiderius, king of the Lombards; married in 770, annulled in 771
    His second wife was Hildegard (757 or 758-783), married 771, died 783. By her he had nine children:
    Charles the Younger (c.772-4 December 811), Duke of Maine, and crowned King of the Franks on 25 December 800
    Carloman, renamed Pippin (April 773-8 July 810), King of Italy
    Adalhaid (774), who was born whilst her parents were on campaign in Italy. She was sent back to Francia, but died before reaching Lyons
    Rotrude (or Hruodrud) (775-6 June 810)
    Louis (778-20 June 840), twin of Lothair, King of Aquitaine since 781, crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 813, senior Emperor from 814
    Lothair (778-6 February 779/780), twin of Louis, he died in infancy[21]
    Bertha (779-826)
    Gisela (781-808)
    Hildegarde (782-783)
    His third wife was Fastrada, married 784, died 794. By her he had:
    Theodrada (b.784), abbess of Argenteuil
    Hiltrude (b.787)
    His fourth wife was Luitgard, married 794, died childless

    [edit] Concubinages and illegitimate children
    His first known concubine was Gersuinda. By her he had:
    Adaltrude (b.774)
    His second known concubine was Madelgard. By her he had:
    Ruodhaid (775-810), abbess of Faremoutiers
    His third known concubine was Amaltrud of Vienne. By her he had:
    Alpaida (b.794)
    His fourth known concubine was Regina. By her he had:
    Drogo (801-855), Bishop of Metz from 823 and abbot of Luxeuil Abbey
    Hugh (802-844), archchancellor of the Empire
    His fifth known concubine was Ethelind. By her he had:
    Richbod (805-844), Abbott of Saint-Riquier
    Theodoric (b. 807)

  2.   Weis, Frederick Lewis; Walter Lee Sheppard; and David Faris. Ancestral roots of certain American colonists, who came to America before 1700: the lineage of Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and some of their descendants. (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 7th Edition c1992), 50-13.
  3. Einhard (the King's secretary) description of Charlemagne.

    "He was six feet four inches tall, and built to scale. He had beautiful white hair, animated eyes, a powerful nose...a presence "always stately and dignified." He was temperate in eating and drinking, abominated drunkenness, and kept in good health despite every exposure and hardship."

  4.   Buck, J. Orton; Marcellus Donald Alexander von Redlich; Aileen Lewers Langston; and Timothy Field Beard. Pedigrees of some of the Emperor Charlemagne's descendants. (Baltimore [Maryland]: Genealogical Pub. Co., c1974-1978, 1979), 2:17, 221, 284.
  5.   (NEHGR)"The New England Historical and Genealogical Register". (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847 on), 101:109-112.
  6.   De eerste generaties van Karel's nazaten, in Karel de Grote.
  7.   Project Charlemagne at Familypedia by Rtol, in Familypedia.
  8.   Charlemagne, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
  9.   CHARLES, son of PEPIN "le Bref" King of the Franks & his wife Bertrada [Berta] "au Grand Pied" (near Aix-la-Chapelle 2 Apr 748-Aix-la-Chapelle 28 Jan 814, bur Aix-la-Chapelle, Chapelle Sainte-Marie), in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.
  10.   Emperor Charlemagne, in Find A Grave.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Charlemagne (Karolus Magnus, Charles the Great, Karl der Große), in Baldwin, Stewart, and Todd Farmerie. The Henry Project (King Henry II ): Ancestors of King Henry II.
  12. Weinfurter, Stefan. Karl der Grosse: Der heilige Barbar. (München, Bayern, Deutschland: Piper, 2013), p. 55, Secondary quality.