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Charlemagne or Charles the Great King of the Franks 742-814 was a strong leader who unified Western Europe through military power and the blessing of the Church His belief in the need for education among the Frankish people was to bring about religious political and educational reforms that would change the history of Europe Charlemagne was born in 742 at Aachen the son of Pepinor Pippin the Short and grandson of Charles Martel His grandfather Charles had begun the process of unifying western Europe in the belief that all people should be Christian Charlemagnes father Pepin continued this process throughout his rule and passed his beliefs on to Charlemagne All three in addition to the political unification believed that the church should be reformed and reorganized under the Pope which helped their rise to power as the Carolingian Dynasty Holmes 74 Upon Pepins death in 768 Charlemagne and his brother Carloman each inherited half of the Frankish kingdom Pepin in the Merovingian tradition of the time split his kingdom between his two sons Three years later Carloman died and Charlemagne took control of the entire kingdom He inherited great wealth and a powerful army built by his father and grandfather Charlemagne used the army and his own skillful planning to more than
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