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Charlemagne also known as Charles the Great became the undisputed ruler of Western Europe By the sword and the cross As Western Europe was deteriorating Charlemagne was crowned the privilege of being joint king of the Franks in 768 AD People of Western Europe excluding the church followers had all but forgotten the great gifts of education and arts that they had possessed at one time Charlemagne solidly defeated barbarians and kings in identical fashion during his reign Using the re-establishment of education and order Charlemagne was able to save many political rights and restore culture in Western Europe Charlemagne was born in 742 AD to a very famous and well-known family Charlemagnes grandfather was Charles Martel the man who was responsible for the defeat of the Saracens Charlemagne was also the eldest son of Betrade and Pepin the Short the first to become king of the Franks With the almost full extinction of schools in the 8th century many historians say that Charlemagne received very little education but did learn the art of reading from Bertrade In 768 AD Charlemagne at the age of 26 along with his brother Carloman inherited the kingdom of Franks However in 771 AD Carloman died making Charlemagne the sole ruler of the kingdom At this time the northern part of Europe was out of order and unruly In the south the Roman Catholic Church was asserting itself alongside the Lombard kingdom in Italy While in Charlemagnes own kingdom the people were becoming and acting as barbarians and neglecting education and faith But Charlemagne was determined to make his kingdom as strong as possible In 772 AD Charlemagne put forth a 30-year campaign to conquer and Christianize the Saxons in the north He charged over the Avars a large tribe on the Danube He forced the Bavarians to surrender to him When possible Charlemagne attempted to settle his conflicts peacefully However he was forced to
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