"Statue of Charlemagne, in Paris. At Pepin's death in 768 the kingdom of the Franks included the greater part of what is now France, together with a portion of Germany. This territory was divided between his two sons, Carloman and Charles, who ruled over it together for three years, until 771, when, by the death of Carloman, Charles became the sole ruler. Charles, or to give him the title by which he is best known, Charlemagne (that is, Charles the Great), is the greatest figure in the history of the Middle Ages, and one of the ablest rulers of all time. His reign is itself an epoch in history; for the work he did lived after him, and influenced the nations of Europe for centuries to come."—Colby, 1899

Charlemagne

"Statue of Charlemagne, in Paris. At Pepin's death in 768 the kingdom of the Franks included the greater…

Charlemagne Inflicting Baptism upon the Saxons.

Charlemagne

Charlemagne Inflicting Baptism upon the Saxons.

Charlemagne Presiding at the School of the Palace.

Charlemagne

Charlemagne Presiding at the School of the Palace.

He was born on April 2, 742, and was the eldest son of Pepin, the first king of the Franks, of the Carlovingian dynasty.

Charlemagne

He was born on April 2, 742, and was the eldest son of Pepin, the first king of the Franks, of the Carlovingian…

Charlemagne (Charles the Great) was king of the Franks during the Middle Ages.

Charlemagne

Charlemagne (Charles the Great) was king of the Franks during the Middle Ages.

Charlemagne and his nobles ride on horseback

Charlemagne and his nobles

Charlemagne and his nobles ride on horseback

Charlemagne on horseback

Charlemagne and his nobles

Charlemagne on horseback

An illustration of the profile of Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great, was King of the Franks from 768 to his death. He expanded the Frankish kingdoms into a Frankish Empire that incorporated much of Western and Central Europe.

Profile of Charlemagne

An illustration of the profile of Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great, was King of the Franks…

A poster with facts and images of France during the Middle Ages.

Middle Ages

A poster with facts and images of France during the Middle Ages.

A legend of the knight Roland, who fearlessly claimed his rights by taking food and drink straight from Charlemagne's hands at a feast.

Roland

A legend of the knight Roland, who fearlessly claimed his rights by taking food and drink straight from…

The Latin Evangeliarum rosette band is an 8th century design of a flower. It was designed by Godescald for Charlemagne (Charles the Great).

Latin Evangeliarum Rosette Band

The Latin Evangeliarum rosette band is an 8th century design of a flower. It was designed by Godescald…

"St. Peter gives to Pope Leo III the stola and to Charlemagne the banner of Rome as symbols of the spiritual and temporal power. The portrait of Charlemagne here shown is with little doubt the oldest in existence."—Myers, 1905

The Spiritual and the Temporal Power

"St. Peter gives to Pope Leo III the stola and to Charlemagne the banner of Rome as symbols of the spiritual…