Learn about the most significant figures and events of the Middle Ages from the Carolingian Empire to Medieval Japan in this collection. Discover the milestones that defined the era and the people who made them happen.
An introduction to the life of Charlemagne and his impact on European history. The legendary figure was King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor.
No contemporary illustrations of Charlemagne exist, but a description provided by his friend and biographer Einhard has inspired numerous portraits and statues.
Charlemagne consolidated a large portion of Europe under his rule, promoted learning, and instituted innovative administrative concepts.
The Battle of Roncevaux Pass was a defeat for Charlemagne during one of his Iberian campaigns and inspired the poem "The Song of Roland."
Here are a few quotes attributed to the great Frankish king, along with the famous "quote" from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Follow this chronological listing of significant events in the Frankish King Charlemagne's life and reign.
They wanted to blind him and cut out his tongue, and so they attacked him in the streets of Rome. But Pope Leo III had Charlemagne on his side.
Byzantine Empress Irene ruled in her own right after having her son deposed. The Pope used her rule to recognize Charlemagne as Emperor of the Romans.
Read this explanation of the three 'German' Reichs and see how they relate, from Charlemagne to Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.
Here's an introduction to and summary of the Chansons de Geste, or Songs of Deeds, epic poems of medieval France.