A portrait of Charlemagne by the artist Durer.
Charlemagne, the founder of the Holy Roman Empire.
Also called Charles I or “Charles the Great.” 742?–814.
King of the Franks (768–814) and founder of the first empire in western Europe after the fall of Rome. His court at Aix-la-Chapelle became the center of the Carolingian Renaissance.
- One of the kings of the Franks from 768 to 814, crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 800 until his death in 814.