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The most famous ruler of the Middle Ages was Charlemagne Charlemagne is known for conquering much of Western Europe and uniting it under one great empire Not only was he known for being a great ruler but for reviving the political and cultural life of Europe which had collapsed during the fall of the Western Roman Empire This great ruler was born approximately on April 2 742 He was born to Pepin the Short and to Bertrada Charlemagne had a younger brother named Carloman Carloman was four years younger than Charlemagne Not much is known about Charlemagnes childhood but it is known that he learned how to speak and read Latin but he never learned to write it One of his many teachers was Fulrad the abbot of St Denis He was 21 when his father died By this time Charlemagne already had political and military experience Maybe because he was the oldest and most experienced son he inherited half of the kingdom In 770 Charlemagne was arranged to marry Desiderata To complete his mothers order he had disowned Hiltrude She lived with him in an unofficial but happy marriage that produced one son Pepin In 771 Charlemagne divorced Desiderata and sent her back to her father By divorcing Desiderata he broke the alliance he had with the Lombards After the divorce he married Hildegard After this Charlemagne married two more times He had a total 3 sons and 8 daughters Some people describe Charlemagne as a strong found of exercise man He had an alert mind and a forceful personality Charlemagne was more than 6 feet tall with piercing eyes fair hair a thick neck and a potbelly His second official marriage made him brighter more convincing happier and aggressive leader This marriage made him a strong leader Charlemagne had many achievements and pastimes His different activities laid the foundation of the European civilization that arose during the Middle Ages He
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