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Some are born great some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them - ShakespeareDo you agreedisagreepartially agree that Charlemagne was an example of all threeThe Western Roman Empire fell in 476 partly because of Germanic tribes invading modern-day Europe Clovis the king of the Salian Franks one of the Germanic tribes expelled the last Roman military leader from Gaul in 486 This began Europes medieval period After he converted to Christianity Clovis defeated the Visigoths unified the Franks and established the Merovingian dynasty a procession of Frankish kings descended from the warrior Merovech When he died in 511 he divided his kingdom between his four sons These sons were called the do-nothing kings because they were weak and often fought among themselves Local rulers gained power and officials called the Mayors of the Palace essentially headed the empire By the eighth century the position of Mayor of the Palace became hereditary in the Carolingian family One of these men was Charles Martel a French hero who stopped the Muslims from entering Europe in The Battle of Tours in 732 After he died his son Pepin with the support of the pope usurped the throne and made himself king after deciding that the reigning Merovingian was unfit to rule In exchange for defeating the Lombards in Italy Pepin founded a new dynasty of kings the Carolingians When Pepin died he left his kingdom to his son Charles later on known as Charlemagne who reigned from 768 to 814 Charlemagne possessed all three aspects of greatness he was born into a militaristic lineage he achieved many military goals and he was pushed into greatness by luck and opportunityBecause of his military lineage and his personality Charlemagne was set up for greatness Charlemagne comes from a line of important people in history His grandfather Charles Martel stopped the Muslims from entering Europe and being conquered by the Islamic Empire Charlemagne inherited Martels great reputation Even
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