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Who was Charlemagne Charlemagne was a great emperor and ruler of the Frankish kingdom To find out where Charlemagnes rule began we must look back at his ancestors Charlemagnes father Pepin held the office of Mayor of the Palace Pepin was later raised from the status of Mayor of the Palace to king Pepin ruled over the Frankish kingdom for fifteen years until his death in Paris When he died he left his two sons Charles Charlemagne and Carloman At Pepins death the Franks decided to split the rule of the kingdom between Charlemagne and Carloman Charlemagne was to rule over the area which Pepin ruled and Carloman was to rule over the part which their uncle had governed There was always great tension between the two brothers but they were able to maintain peace After ruling for only 3 years Carloman died of disease and at his death Charlemagne was elected King of the Franks Charlemagne was a great ruler of the Franks During his reign he engaged in many wars The first of these wars was the Aquitanian War This war was actually started by his father but never finished Charlemagne decided to once again take up this war and bring it to an end At the end of this war he was induced by the Bishop of the city of Rome to engage in war on the Lombards This war was also one started by Pepin on the request of Pope Stephen This was a very difficult war for Charlemagne and his people for he had to cross the awful terrain of the Alps However rough the journey they were still victorious The next war to be waged was to be Charlemagnes biggest and longest This was the Saxon war against the Germans The Saxons were a very fierce and violent people They denounced any type of Christianity and worshiped the devil They would always cross into the French territory and
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