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In this paper I am going to compare and contrast the lives of Hernando Cortes and Charlemagne The common point I am going to prove in my paper is that they were both men who had other roles to play besides conquering lands but at the end of their time their most influential task was the expansion of their kingdoms for their respected regions and they also defeated many strong empires to do so Charlemagne or in Latin Carolus Magnus which means Charles the Great Encarta Charlemagne 1 was king of the Franks and emperor of the Romans who led his Frankish armies to victory over many other peoples and nations He mainly ruled most of western and central Europe Charlemagne came from a very noble family He was the grandson of Charles Martel and was the son of Peppin the Short or Peppin III who was the first Caroline king of the Franks The Middle Ages 170 He has a son by the name of Louis the Pious Dictionary of Medieval Civilization 182 and a brother Carloman Carloman shared the rule of the Franks with him from 768 until his death in 771 Peppin was extremely devoted to Pope Stephen II for he had crowned him as well as both his sons after he died emperor in 754 Because of his great devotion he rushed to the popes aid for military help many times He took Charlemagne with him on most of these expeditions which quite possibly could have sparked Charlemagnes interests for conquering native lands The Middle Ages 170 Peppin died in 768 and the Charlemagne and his brother took over the kingdom from their Three years later in 771 Carloman had an unexpected death and the kingdom was all Charlemagne In 770 Charlemagne had sought an alliance with the Lombards by marrying the daughter of their king After a little longer than a year Charlemagne got sick of his wife and
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