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Charlemagne I think that one of the most important people in the medieval time was Charlemagne He was the son of a man named Pepin the Short like his father before him became king of the Franks After his father died Charlemagne took over ruling the Franks Charlemagne did many important things for his people and his kingdom One of his greatest accomplishments was nearly doubling the borders of his kingdom His kingdom then included Germany France northern Spain and most of Italy This made the Franks even more powerful then they were before His new kingdom became known as the Frankish Empire Since the fall of Rome this was the first time western Europe was ruled by only one government Another one of Charlemagnes accomplishments was encouraging people to learn how to read and write since most of western Europe didnt know how to He encouraged having schools in churches and monasteries He also had a school in his palace that he had scholars come from all over to teach in These scholars made accurate Latin copies of ancient religous manuscripts and Roman classics to make sure that people would be taught the way that the Romans were when other areasof Europe started to build schools and other places of learning western Europeans became more united after they understood a little more about the world One of those ideas that helped unite western Europe was the idea of making another Christian Roman Empire Church officials thought that Charlemagne could make this idea of theirs become true In AD 800 Charlemagne went to Rome to protect Pope Leo III against the Roman nobles As a way of thanking him the pope crowned Charlemagne the new Roman Emperor There was only one thing that Charlemagne was concerned about By accepting the crown from the pope that was saying the church officials were higher the rulers Charlemagne accepted the title of Emperor anyway he worked hard at
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