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Charlemagne (Charles the Great, King of the Franks) (b.742 - d.814)
After the death of his father, Pepin the Short, Charlemagne was given the title King of the Franks at Noyon. He jointly held the position with his brother Carloman who was crowned on the same day.
Charlemange and his brother Carloman had ruled jointly over the Frankish kingdom since the death of their father. When Carloman died in 771, Charelmagne took control of the whole kingdom.
Conflicts between Charlemagne and Desiderius, the King of Lombard, led to King of the Franks invading Italy in 773. Charlemagne was supposed to have married the daughter of Desiderius but had sent her back to her father. In a conflict between Desiderius and Pope Adrian I, Charlemagne came in on the side of the Pope. A seige of Pavia, the capital of Lombard, started in the autumn of 773 and lasted until the summer of 774. Desiderius surrendered the city to save those inside and he was exiled. Charlemagne mounted the Lombard throne.
Charlemagne was acclaimed as Roman Emperor in St Peter's in Rome by Pope Leo III.
Charlemagne's son Louis captured the city of Barcelona.
Charlemagne died due to an illness after living into his early seventies. He was buried in the basilica that he had built in Aachen. Charlemagne was succeeded by Louis the Pious who was his only surviving legitimate son.