Describe Charlemagne the Great in a few words?
Charlemagne (742-814) was a Frankish King who united most of Western Europe during the Middle Ages. He was crowned 'Emperor of the Romans' by the Pope in 800 and established the Carolingian dynasty. His empire included modern-day France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, and parts of Italy and Spain.
Charlemagne the Great - The Father of Europe
Holy Roman Empire: The political structure that Charlemagne created in 800 AD to unify much of Europe. It covered parts of modern day Germany, Italy, France, Austria and other European countries. Carolingian Renaissance: A period of cultural and intellectual revival that began during Charlemagne's rule and lasted through the 9th and 10th centuries. It was characterized by a renewed interest in classical Greek and Roman texts and the development of a new style of art and architecture.
Feudalism: A political, economic, and social system that emerged in Europe during the Middle Ages. It was based on the exchange of land for military service and loyalty to a local lord. Charlemagne's government was an early example of feudalism. Manorialism: A system of economic organization based on the holding and farming of land by a lord who controlled the peasants and serfs living on the land.
Charlemagne was an accomplished poet and wrote several Latin poems. Charlemagne was the first recognized Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. He was crowned emperor by the Pope. Charlemagne had an estimated 18 children from various marriages and affairs.
Did you know?
Which Pope crowned Charlemagne as emperor?
What were the key elements of Charlemagne's religious reforms and how did they impact Europe?
What were the benefits and drawbacks of Charlemagne the Great's rule?
What can we learn from Charlemagne the Great's legacy?
Brain break: Draw a dragon or a knight.
Which of the following is NOT one of Charlemagne's accomplishments?
- Uniting the Mongol Empire
- Reforming the Frankish legal code
- Establishing the Carolingian dynasty
- Inventing the printing press
What title did Charlemagne hold at the end of his reign?
- Emperor of the West
- King of the Franks
- Holy Roman Emperor
- King of Rome
Which of the following is NOT one of Charlemagne's nicknames?
- The Great
- The Magnificent
- The Conqueror
- The Hammer of God
Work together in pairs: What were the three main accomplishments of Charlemagne the Great and how did they contribute to the development of Europe?