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Charles The Hammer of Austrasia Martel Mayor of Palace, King of Franks [2841]
Chrotude (Rotrud) of Treves Duchess of Austrasia, Queen of Austrasia [5432]
Heribert of Laon Count of Laon [3647]
Pepin III "The Short" of the Franks King of Franks [2783]
Bertrada II of Laon [2784]
(Abt 0720-0783)

Charlemagne Emperor of the West King of Frank [2785]


Family Links

1. Himiltude [2788]

2. Desideria [2790]
3. Hildegarde of Vinzgau [2792] [9CNZ-VS8]
4. Fastrada [2805]
5. Luitgard [2808] [KCW9-9B6]
6. Madelgard [2809]
7. Gersvind [2811]
8. Regina [2813]

Charlemagne Emperor of the West King of Frank [2785] 24

  • Born: 2 Apr 742, Ingolheim 24
  • Marriage (1): Himiltude [2788] about 768
  • Marriage (2): Desideria [2790] in 770
  • Marriage (3): Hildegarde of Vinzgau [2792] [9CNZ-VS8] in 771 in Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen)
  • Marriage (4): Fastrada [2805] in 783
  • Marriage (5): Luitgard [2808] [KCW9-9B6] in 794
  • Marriage (6): Madelgard [2809]
  • Marriage (7): Gersvind [2811]
  • Marriage (8): Regina [2813]
  • Died: 28 Jan 814, Aachen, Kaln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany at age 71 24
  • Buried: Aachen Cathedral, Aachen, Germany

bullet   Another name for Charlemagne was "Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne.

bullet   FamilySearch ID: 94JN-KLZ.


bullet  General Notes:

Acceded: 768

aka Charles the Great. Had two more mistresses:
Adalind, son Theodric (807-818) a cleric.
unknown, son Richbod (800-844) abbott of St-Riquier.
King of the Lombards 774. Holy Roman Emperor.


Charles died after four years of failing health, from pleurisy, and is buried in the chapel at Aachen (now part of the cathedral)(Aachen = Aix la Chapelle). A contemporary account states that he was almost seven feet in height, in an era when few men were even six feet - "large and strong, and of lofty stature, though not disproportionately tall...the upper part of his head was round, his eyes very large and animated, nose a little long, hair fair, and face laughing and merry." He was warm, outgoing and athletic. {Popular account: "Charlemagne," Harold Lamb (Doubleday, 1954).} --- Compton's Encyclopedia (America On-Line, 1995) reports: CHARLEMAGNE (742?-814). "By the sword and the cross," Charlemagne (Charles the Great) became master of Western Europe. It was falling into decay when Charlemagne became joint king of the Franks in 768. Except in the monasteries, people had all but forgotten education and the arts. Boldly Charlemagne conquered barbarians and kings alike. By restoring the roots of learning and order, he preserved many political rights and revived culture. Charlemagne's grandfather was Charles Martel, the warrior who crushed the Saracens (see Charles Martel). Charlemagne was the elder son of Bertrade ("Bertha Greatfoot") and Pepin the Short, first "mayor of the palace" to become king of the Franks. Although schools had almost disappeared in the 8th century, historians believe that Bertrade gave young Charles some education and that he learned to read. His devotion to the church motivated him throughout life. Charlemagne was tall, powerful, and tireless. His secretary, Eginhard, wrote that Charlemagne had fair hair and a "face laughing and merry . . . his appearance was always stately and dignified." He had a ready wit, but could be stern. His tastes were simple and moderate. He delighted in hunting, riding, and swimming. He wore the Frankish dress--linen shirt and breeches, a silk-fringed tunic, hose wrapped with bands, and, in winter, a tight coat of otter or marten skins. Over all these garments "he flung a blue cloak, and he always had a sword girt about him." Charlemagne's character was contradictory. In an age when the usual penalty for defeat was death, Charlemagne several times spared the lives of his defeated foes; yet in 782 at Verden, after a Saxon uprising, he ordered 4,500 Saxons beheaded. He compelled the clergy and nobles to reform, but he divorced two of his four wives without any cause. He forced kings and princes to kneel at his feet, yet his mother and his two favorite wives often overruled him in his own household.

References: [AR7],[DFA],[PlantagenetA],[ES],[RFC]


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Acceded: King of the Franks, 9 Oct 768.

• Crowned: Emperor of th Carolingian Empire, 25 Dec 800. Charlemagne reached the height of his power in 800 when he was crowned as "Emperor " by Pope Leo III on Christmas Day.


Charlemagne married Himiltude [2788] [MRIN: 762] about 768. (Himiltude [2788] was born about 742 and died about 780.)


Charlemagne next married Desideria [2790] [MRIN: 763], daughter of Desiderius King of The Lombards [2791] and Ansa Queen of the Lombards [63331], in 770.

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

• Marriage Fact: Annulment, 771.


Charlemagne next married Hildegarde of Vinzgau [2792] [9CNZ-VS8] [MRIN: 765], daughter of Gerold of Vinzgau Count in Kraichgau and Anglachgau [2793] [LJ1B-6DC] and Emma of Alamannia [60337], in 771 in Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen). (Hildegarde of Vinzgau [2792] [9CNZ-VS8] was born in 758 in Savoyen 24 and died on 30 Apr 783 in Thionville 24.)


Charlemagne next married Fastrada [2805] [MRIN: 768] in 783. (Fastrada [2805] died in 794.)


Charlemagne next married Luitgard [2808] [KCW9-9B6] [MRIN: 769] in 794.


Charlemagne next married Madelgard [2809] [MRIN: 770].


Charlemagne next married Gersvind [2811] [MRIN: 771].

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

• Associated. Had children


Charlemagne next married Regina [2813] [MRIN: 772].

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