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AI generated image of Charlemagne Charles the Great king. Source: dan/Adobe Stock

Charlemagne: How He Changed History Forever (Video)

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Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great, stands as a pivotal figure in European history, reshaping the fragmented Western and Central Europe after the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

Born into a lineage of formidable warriors, Charlemagne's conquests extended over vast territories, including France, northern Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, and more. His unification of Western Europe, often hailed as an unparalleled achievement, earned him the title "Father of Europe."

Beyond military prowess, Charlemagne's influence transcended borders linguistically, with many Western European languages deriving words for "king" from his name.

His ambition to create an empire led to a historic coronation as Emperor of Rome by Pope Leo III. Charlemagne's reign also witnessed a cultural revival, the Carolingian Renaissance, marked by educational reforms, library establishments, and the preservation of classical texts. His dedication to literacy ensured the transmission of invaluable works to future generations. Charlemagne's legacy endures in various facets of modern Europe, from the playing cards' King of Hearts to the foundational stones of the continent's history. Despite his passing at 71, his impact remains indelible, making him a crucial architect of the European narrative.

Top Image: AI generated image of Charlemagne Charles the Great king. Source: dan/Adobe Stock

By Robbie Mitchell

 

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I’m a descendent of Charlemagne.  It’s quite amazing to know this.

Charles is an imposing figure in history. Yet, was he that great? Were other Christians he persecuted that heretical? Was he, himself, even that Christian?

We have a one-sided ledger. It is written by the winners, such as Pope Leo III. The vanquished tell us nothing. Any lies about them must remain unchallenged.

We are expected to believe what we're told. However, given who happily stands behind what we're told, such as the Vatican, that would seem to be potential folly.

To put it bluntly, was Charles closer to Satan than to God?

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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