Charles "Martel" NIBELUNG
(Abt 688-741)
Chrotrudis DE HESBAYE
(Abt 690-725)
Cte Charibert DE LAON
(Abt 703-Bef 762)
Pépin "Le Bref" CAROLING, Mayor of Neustria, King of the Franks
(Abt 714-768)
Ctsse Bertrada "au Grand Pied" DE LAON, Queen of the Franks
(Abt 721-783)

Charles I ("Charlemagne") CAROLING, King of the Franks


Family Links

1. [Desiderata] DE LANGOBARDI
2. Hildegarde UDALRICHINGER of the Allemanni

  • Theodrada CAROLING
  • Hiltrud CAROLING
4. Liutgard D' ALLEMAGNE
0. Himiltrude, Mistress
  • Pépin "le Bossu" DES FRANKEN
0. Unnamed Mistress
  • Rotaïde (Chrothais) DES FRANKEN
0. Madelgard, Mistress
  • Rothildis (Rouhaut) DES FRANKEN, Abbess at Faremoutiers
0. Gerswinda VON SACHSEN, Mistress
  • Adaltrud DES FRANKEN
0. Regina, Mistress
  • Drogo (Dreux) DES FRANKEN, Bishop of Metz
  • Hugo (Hugues) DES FRANKEN
0. Adelindis, Mistress
  • Theodoric (Thierry) DES FRANKEN

Charles I CAROLING ("Charlemagne"), King of the Franks, Emperor of the Romans

  • Born: 2 Apr 742, Ingelheim, Rheinhessen, Hesse-Darmstadt
  • Married (1): 769
  • Married (2): 771, before 30 April, Aix-La-Chapelle (Aachen)
  • Married (3): Oct 783, Worms, Rhineland
  • Married (4): Between 794 and 796
  • Died: 28 Jan 813/4, St Denis, Paris, S, France
  • Buried: Notre Dame D'aix La Chapelle, , Austrasia

  Research Notes:

He is named first son of King Pépin and Bertrada in the Cartulaire of Saint-Bertin. At the coronation of his father in 754, Charles was also anointed by Pope Stephen III [II]. On the death of his father, he received the larger part of Austrasia, Neustria and western Aquitaine, succeeding as CHARLES I joint King of the Franks, jointly with his brother Carloman, and was crowned 9 Oct 768 at Noyon. He suppressed the revolt of Hunald in Aquitaine in 769, over which he quarrelled with his brother Carloman. On the death of his brother in 771, he set aside the rights of his nephew and became sole king of the Franks. He defended the Pope against the Lombards, conquering their kingdom in 773. He is recorded in charters as having used the title "rex Francorum et Langobardorum" from 5 Jun 774, adding "atque patricius Romanorum" from 16 Jul 774. He accepted the submission of Saxony at Paderborn in 777. During his campaign in Spain in 778, he captured Pamplona, while Zaragoza, Huesca, Barcelona and Girona swore allegiance to him. He had his sons crowned king of the Lombards and king of the Aquitainians by Pope Adrian I at Rome 15 Apr 781. He incorporated Bavaria and Carinthia into his kingdom in 787, followed by Thuringia, Hessen and Alemannia, by 797.

He re-established Pope Leo III after the latter was ambushed by the Romans in 799, and was crowned CHARLES I “Charlemagne” Emperor of the Romans in St Peter's Rome 25 Dec 800, which the Pope justified technically on the basis of an alleged vacancy of the imperial throne, which could not be occupied by a woman, during the reign at Constantinople of Empress Eirene. At the assembly of Thionville 6 Feb 806, Emperor Charles decided the division of territories between his sons. Byzantine ambassadors from Emperor Mikhael I finally recognised Charlemagne as emperor (although not "Roman Emperor") at Aix-la-Chapelle in 812.

After the death of his two older sons, he crowned his son Louis as associate emperor at Aix-la-Chapelle 11 Sep 813.

The necrology of Prüm records the death "814 V Kal Feb" of "Karolus imperator". The Annales Fuldenses record the death "814 V Kal Feb" of "Karolus imperator" at Aachen at the age of about 71. The necrology of Saint-Germain-des-Prés records the death 814 “V Kal Feb” of “domni Karoli imperatoris”.1


It had been his intention to make a will, that he might give some share in the inheritance to his daughters and the children of his concubines; but it was begun too late and could not be finished. Three years before his death, however, he made a division of his treasures, money, clothes, and other movable goods in the presence of his friends and servants, and called them to witness it, that their voices might insure the ratification of the disposition thus made. He had a summary drawn up of his wishes regarding this distribution of his property, the terms and text of which are as follows:

"In the name of the Lord God, the Almighty Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. This is the inventory and division dictated by the most glorious and most pious Lord Charles, Emperor Augustus, in the 811th year of the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ, in the 43d year of his reign in France and 37th in Italy, the 11th of his empire, and the 4th Indiction, which considerations of piety and prudence have determined him, and the favor of God enabled him, to make of his treasures and money ascertained this day to be in his treasure chamber. In this division he is especially desirous to provide not only that the largess of alms which Christians usually make of their possessions shall be made for himself in due course and order out of his wealth, but also that his heirs shall be free from all doubt, and know clearly what belongs to them, and be able to share their property by suitable partition without litigation or strife. With this intention and to this end he has first divided all his substance and movable goods ascertained to be in his treasure chamber on the day aforesaid in gold, silver, precious stones, and royal ornaments into three lots and has subdivided and set off two of the said lots into twenty-one parts, keeping the third entire. The first two lots have been thus subdivided into twenty one parts because there are in his kingdom twenty-one" recognized metropolitan cities, and in order that each archbishopric may receive by way of alms, at the hands of his heirs and friends, one of the said parts, and that the archbishop who shall then administer its affairs shall take the part given to it, and share the same with his suffragans in such manner that one third shall go to the Church, and the remaining two thirds be divided among the suffragans. The twenty-one parts into which the first two lots are to be distributed, according to the number of recognized metropolitan cities, have been set apart one from another, and each has been put aside by itself in a box labeled with the name of the city for which it is destined. The names of the cities to which this alms or largess is to be sent are as follows: Rome, Ravenna, Milan, Friuli, Grado, Cologne, Mayence, Salzburg, Treves, Sens, Besançon, Lyons, Rouen, Rheims, Arles, Vienne, Moutiers-en-Tarantaise, Embrun, Bordeaux, Tours, and Bourges. The third lot, which he wishes to be kept entire, is to be bestowed as follows: While the first two lots are to be divided into the parts aforesaid, and set aside under seal, the third lot shall be employed for the owner's daily needs, as property which he shall be under no obligation to part with in order to the fulfillment of any vow, and this as long as he shall be in the flesh, or consider it necessary for his use. But upon his death, or voluntary-renunciation of the affairs of this world, this said lot shall be divided into four parts, and one thereof shall be added to the aforesaid twenty-one parts; the second shall be assigned to his sons and daughters, and to the sons and daughters of his sons, to be distributed among them in just and equal partition; the third, in accordance with the custom common among Christians, shall be devoted to the poor; and the fourth shall go to the support of the men servants and maid servants on duty in the palace. It is his wish that to this said third lot of the whole amount, which consists, as well as the rest, of gold and silver shall be added all the vessels and utensils of brass iron and other metals together with the arms, clothing, and other movable goods, costly and cheap, adapted to divers uses, as hangings, coverlets, carpets, woolen stuffs leathern articles, pack-saddles, and whatsoever shall be found in his treasure chamber and wardrobe at that time, in order that thus the parts of the said lot may be augmented, and the alms distributed reach more persons. He ordains that his chapel-that is to say, its church property, as well that which he has provided and collected as that which came to him by inheritance from his father shall remain entire, and not be dissevered by any partition whatever. If, however, any vessels, books or other articles be found therein which are certainly known not to have been given by him to the said chapel, whoever wants them shall have them on paying their value at a fair estimation. He likewise commands that the books which he has collected in his library in great numbers shall be sold for fair prices to such as want them, and the money received therefrom given to the poor. it is well known that among his other property and treasures are three silver tables, and one very large and massive golden one. He directs and commands that the square silver table, upon which there is a representation of the city of Constantinople, shall be sent to the Basilica of St. Peter the Apostle at Rome, with the other gifts destined therefor; that the round one, adorned with a delineation of the city of Rome, shall be given to the Episcopal Church at Ravenna; that the third, which far surpasses the other two in weight and in beauty of workmanship, and is made in three circles, showing the plan of the whole universe, drawn with skill and delicacy, shall go, together with the golden table, fourthly above mentioned, to increase that lot which is to be devoted to his heirs and to alms.

This deed, and the dispositions thereof, he has made and appointed in the presence of the bishops, abbots, and counts able to be present, whose names are hereto subscribed: Bishops - Hildebald, Ricolf, Arno, Wolfar, Bernoin, Laidrad, John, Theodulf, Jesse, Heito, Waltgaud. Abbots - Fredugis, Adalung, Angilbert, Irmino. Counts Walacho, Meginher, Otulf, Stephen, Unruoch Burchard Meginhard, Hatto, Rihwin, Edo, Ercangar, Gerold, Bero, Hildiger, Rocculf."

  Marriage Information:

Charles married [Desiderata] DE LANGOBARDI, daughter of Desidirius DE LANGOBARDI, King of the Lombards, and Ansa, in 769. (Desiderata DE LANGOBARDI died on an unknown date.

  Marriage Notes:

Einhard calls King Charles's first wife "filiam Desiderii regis Langobardorum". The Annales Fuldenses record that "Berhta regina" brought "filiam Desiderii regis Langobardorum" back from Italy as the wife for "Karolo filio suo". Her husband sent her back to her father after repudiating her.2

  Marriage Information:

Charles also married Hildegarde UDALRICHINGER of the Allemanni, daughter of Gerold I UDALRICHINGER, Graf im Kraichgau, and Imma AGILOLFINGES, in 771, before 30 April, in Aix-La-Chapelle (Aachen). (Hildegarde UDALRICHINGER was born in 758 in Aachen, died on 30 Apr 783 in Thionville, Moselle, Austrasia and was buried in église abbatiale de Saint-Arnoul, Metz, Austrasia.

  Marriage Information:

Charles also married Fastrada VON THÜRINGEN, daughter of Gf. Radulf VON THÜRINGEN, in Oct 783 in Worms, Rhineland. (Fastrada VON THÜRINGEN died on 10 Oct 794 in Frankfurt-am-Main, Hessen.

  Marriage Information:

Charles also married Liutgard D' ALLEMAGNE between 794 and 796. (Liutgard D' ALLEMAGNE died on 4 Jun 800 in Tours, Indre-Et-Loire, Touraine/Centre, France and was buried in St Martin, Meurthe-Et-Mosel, , France.


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: Charles.

2 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy.

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