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And although his body was not pierced by the sword the trial of many sufferings the perilous combats in which he engaged his daily willingness to die for the conversion of the infidel have made of him a martyr The Medieval Age is thought of as a dark time where everything tended to be bleak and dismal however there was light all through this period and many institutions we have today were created and formed during this time Out of this great time we get great leaders some of who are Alfred Arthur and Charlemagne Charlemagne was the great leader and protector of the Franks the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and conqueror of Lombardy He was a great man even by todays standards He stood up for what he believed in and protected what he hadMuch of what we know of Charlemagne comes from The Life of Charlemagne written by Einhard who was a friend of Charlemagne and was a later advisor to his son Charlemagne also known as Charles I was born in 742 He was the son of Pepin the Short and Bertrada Little is known about his childhood no one was around at the time of Einards writing who would have remembered it Charlemagnes roots can be traced back to Ansegis Mayor of Austrasia and Begga His most famous ancestors however were his father and grandfather Pepin the Short and Charles Martel respectively After the death of Pepin the Short in 768 Charlemagne and his brother Carloman were proclaimed kings by their supporting nobles and were anointed by their respective bishops this joint ruling was only allowed if the two brothers could co-operate with each other in the ruling of the country In 769 Aquitaine and Gascony broke into rebellion which was a war first started by Pepin the short but was not finished Charlemagne was forced to try to crush these rebellions without his brothers assistance because Carloman
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