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Jan 27, 2014

January 2014 marks the 1,200th anniversary of the death of Charlemagne. He started his reign at the age of 26 as the King of the Franks. By the time of his death in 814 he was the Holy Roman Emperor and ruled the majority of continental Europe. Join us today as we examine the life of Charlemagne. We'll look at his military exploits, how he was able to grow his empire and become the first Holy Roman Emperor. Charlemagne's greatness didn't end on the battlefield. He set out to reform education, religion and government giving rise to the Carolingian Renaissance. Please send any comments, suggestions or topic ideas to If you are enjoying the podcast please considering leaving a rating on iTunes. Rate the Medieval Archives Podcast now! Listen to the episode now In this lesson we talk about Charlemagne's grandfather, Charles Martel. Listen to our lesson on The Battle of Tours to learn more about Charles Martel. In this episode we discuss: Charlemagne's Character Charlemagne's Army The Saxon Wars The Bloody Verdict of Verdun The Battle of Roncevaux And more... Get your free audio book from at: Download the MP3 and listen to it on your favorite MP3 player. Subscribe to the feed so you do not miss a single episode. iTunes | Stitcher Radio | Download MP3 | RSS Feed The music was provided by Tim Rayburn. It is available at