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On a cold Christmas Day in Rome 800 fifty-eight year old Charlemagne came to Rome in answer to Pope Leos cries for help against enemies that wanted to overthrow him Despite the fact that this wasnt his first time being crowned he didnt expect to be crowned the Emperor of the West by the pope That Christmas Day Charlemagne son of Pepin the Short dressed in a garment of gold cloth with jeweled boots and a golden gridle to his cloak went to St Peters Church Oblivious to anything and being the pious and devout Christian he knelt down in prayer before the altar Then out of nowhere Pope Leo came up to him and placed a gold crown on his head reciting To Charles of Augustus crowned of God the greatest and pacific Emperor long life and victory The assembled followers of the pope also chanted this while the crowning was taking place for they must have known what the pope had planned Charlemagne deserved his crowning for a very long time He had changed a lot of things before he was crowned Back in 773 he invaded Lombardy and Pavia surrendered to him in January the next year making him King of the Lombards Then Charlemagne fought with the Saxons on the north border of the Frankish kingdom for thirty years In 772 He managed to defeat them and made treaties which were ignored later so he defeated them twice more before they finally kept their promises Finally Charlemagne managed to unite the tribes into one kingdom and he became the King of the Franks Now he was crowned for the third time He got rid of his earlier title King of Franks and earned himself his new title Emperor of the Romans Although you would think that this title would make him very happy Charlemagne was annoyed at the popes action He declared that if he could go back in time and
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