Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Fact of the Day: Otto and Charlemagne

The Holy Roman Empire (mostly modern-day Germany and Northern Italy) was an important power in European history for about a thousand years. However, there are two "founding" Emperors. Charlemagne is the "first" and he was crowned as the Roman Emperor because the Byzantine Empire (Eastern-Roman Empire) was run a woman (Irene of Athens) instead of a man. While he ruled over much of the future Holy Roman Empire, the future empire did not include much of modern-day France. His kingdom split just two generations later, and a German king over a century later reigned as Otto I, as the Holy Roman Emperor. 

7 comments:

shwet said...

Interesting information!
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Pat Hatt said...

Guess more wanted to rule

Christine said...

Interesting!

Kirk said...

I think maybe they were playing fast and loose with the term "Roman Empire"

Joanne Noragon said...

Very succinct summation of a big slice of history. So long ago, so far away.

bj said...

Hi, Adam...this is pretty interesting...

Martha said...

Pretty interesting.