History of the Ancient and Medieval World - Vol. 9

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Tenth-century image representing the crowning of Charlemagne as ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. He was crowned by Pope Leo III
on December 25 (Christmas Day) of the year 800.


Charlemagne
Charles the Great, Ruler of the West

Many Franks, especially in the council of lords, were not pleased with the policies that Pépin had pursued. They had little faith in the arrangement he had made with the pope in 754 to make himself king and to ally against the Lombards. Charlemagne, then age twelve, and his brother Carloman had been jointly anointed king with their father. Shortly after Pépin's death, they became rivals for full control of the throne.

Charlemagne concluded an alliance against his brother with his cousin Duke Tassilo III of Bavaria. Evidently encouraged by his mother, Charlemagne cement-

-1165-

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