Lived: 742 AD – 814 AD (age 71)
Height: 6′ 0″
Spouse: Luitgard (m. 794 AD – 800 AD) · Fastrada (m. 783 AD – 794 AD) · Hildegard of the Vinzgau (m. 771 AD – 783 AD) · Desiderata of the Lombards (m. 770 AD – 771 AD)
Buried: Aachen Cathedral
Children: Louis the Pious (Son) · Charles the Younger (Son) · Drogo of Metz (Son) · Rotrude (Daughter) · Gisela, daughter of Charlemagne (Daughter) · Bertha, daughter of Charlemagne (Daughter) · Pepin of Italy (Son) · Pepin the Hunchback (Son) · Theodrada (Daughter) · Adalhaid (Daughter) · Lothair (Son) · Hiltrude (Daughter) · Hildegarde (Daughter)
Parents: Bertrada of Laon (Mother) · Pepin the Short (Father)Highlights
- 770 AD: Charlemagne married Desiderata of the Lombards in 770; their marriage lasted 1 year till 771.
- 772 AD: At his succession in 772, Pope Adrian I demanded the return of certain cities in the former exarchate of Ravenna in accordance with a promise at the succession of Desiderius.
- 774 AD: The elder of these two, Carloman, was made the King of Italy, taking the Iron Crown that his father had first worn in 774, and in the same ceremony was renamed “Pepin”.
- 800 AD: D:He reached the height of his power in 800 when he was crowned Emperor of the Romans by Pope Leo III on Christmas Day at Rome’s Old St. Peter’s Basilica.
- 805 AD: In 805, the Avar khagan, who had already been baptised, went to Aachen to ask permission to settle with his people south-eastward from Vienna.
- 814 AD: D:Charlemagne died in 814, having ruled as emperor for 13 years.
Statue of Charlemagne by Agostino Cornacchini (1725), St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican, Italy
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Parents: Erik the Red (Father) · Thjodhild (Mother)
Children: Thorkell Leif (Son) · Thorgils Leif (Son)
Siblings: Freydís Eiríksdóttir (Sister) · Thorvald Eiriksson (Brother) · Thorstein Eiriksson (Sister)
Viking Leif Erikson by John K. Daniels, 1948-49, near the en:Minnesota State Capitol. Photo taken on June 22, 2005 by User:Mulad. Hereby released into the public domain.