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Charlemagne

Male Abt 747 - 814  (~ 67 years)


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  • Name Charlemagne  
    Born Abt 747  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Jan 814  Aachen, Westphalia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Person ID I8789  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of AP, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of DGH, Ancestor of DK, Ancestor of EK, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of LDN, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK, Ancestor of WPF
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2020 

    Father Pepin III "The Short", King of Franks,   b. 714, Austrasia, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 768, Saint-Denis, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Mother Berthe "Broadfoot" of Laon,   d. 8 Jun 783 
    Family ID F4958  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hildegarde of Vinzgouw,   b. Between 2 May 757 and 30 Apr 761,   d. 30 Apr 783  (Age ~ 25 years) 
    Married Bef 30 Apr 771  [4, 5
    Children 
    +1. Pépin, King of Italy,   b. Apr 773,   d. 8 Jul 810, Milan, Lombardy, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years)
    +2. Louis I "The Pious", Holy Roman Emperor,   b. Between Apr 778 and Aug 778, Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, Aquitaine, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 840, Petersaue, Ingelheim am Rhein, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years)
    Last Modified 7 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F2012  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Also called Karolus Magnus; Charles the Great; Karl der Große.

      Tradition says he was born in 742, but modern scholarship tends to regard 747 or 748 as more likely. Many authorities give the day of his birth as 2 April on one or the other of these years. Peter Stewart, writing on SGM on 5 Aug 2020, notes that no contemporary record gives us any certainty about either the year or the date. The first reference to his birthday being 2 Apr occurs in a calendar from the year 840. As 2 Apr was Easter Sunday in 747, it seems likely that this represented a latter-day burnishing of the late emperor's biography. As Stewart notes: "Obviously the silence of contemporaries about the emperor's birth occurring on the most joyful day of the religious calendar makes it somewhat implausible that he was really born on 2 April 747, yet that this propitious coincidence was somehow forgotten in his own family and at court only to be piously recalled later by a monk elsewhere."

      Using Ahnentafel numbering, the ten proven ancestors of Charlemagne look like this:

      1. Charlemagne
      2. Pepin the Short, father
      3. Bertrade of Laon, mother
      4. Charles Martel, father's father
      5. Rotrude, father's mother
      6. Caribert of Laon, mother's father
      7. ---
      8. Pepin of Herstal, father's father's father
      9. Alpaida, father's father's mother
      10. ---
      11. ---
      12. ---
      13. Bertrada of Prüm, mother's father's mother
      14. ---
      15. ---
      16. Ansegisel, father's father's father's father
      17. Begga, father's father's father's mother

      Additionally, St. Arnault of Metz is widely accepted, if not 100% proven, as the father of Ansegisel, #16.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4261] Peter Stewart, 5 Aug 2020, post to soc.genealogy.medieval.

    2. [S91] The Henry Project: The Ancestors of King Henry II of England, by Stewart Baldwin, Todd A. Farmerie, and Peter Stewart.

    3. [S35] Encyclopedia Britannica.

    4. [S145] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700 by Frederick Lewis Weis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. 8th edition, William R. Beall & Kaleen E. Beall, eds. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004, 2006, 2008.

    5. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013.