Early Life - Charlemagne was born in the year of 742 in the kingdom of Franks, which is today Belgium. He was the son of King Pepin the Short and Bertrada of Laon. In 768, Pepin died so Charlemagne and his brother, Carloman, divided the kingdom. Charlemagne got his father's half and Carloman got their uncle's half. They ruled together for 3 years. In 771, Carloman died unexpectedly, so Charlemagne became ruler over the entire kingdom.
Children - Charlemagne had an extensive family and survived four wives. Additionally he had several unofficial wives who were called "Friedelfrauen". This way he produced eleven children from his marriages and another eight outside his marriages. His more notable children were Pippin, Charles, and Louis, who he appointed as kings. He made sure all of his children were well educated, even though he was not.
Military Campaigns - The first thirty years of Charlemagne's rule were dominated by military campaigns. This was mostly for three reasons. First being the need to protect his realm from outside forces and people on the inside that wanted to overtake him. Secondly, a desire to have more land and wealth. Last, he wanted to spread Christianity as far as he could. His performance on the battlefield earned him noteriety as a warrior king in the Frankish history, one who would make the Franks a force in the world once contained in the Roman Empire. Charlemagne began his conquest soon after his brother died. He began taking out all threats. Charlemagne’s most demanding military undertaking waged him against the Saxons, longtime enemies of the Franks, whose wars lasted more than 30 years (772 to 804). This long battle, which led to the combining of a large block of territory between the Rhine and the Elbe rivers, was marked...