In the late 8th century, Charlemagne was known as the powerful and just ruler who united the Germanic tribes under the Frankish Empire. After 800, he became emperor of the new Christian Roman Empire. Charlemagne brought education and an appreciation of the arts to his empire, and his subjects adored him. Einhard, Charlemagne's good friend and courtier, provides us with the most extensive account of his life. To get an idea of what Charlemagne's personality was like, study Einhard's accounts at the Medieval Sourcebook's Einhard: Life of Charlemagne Web site.
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