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Charlemagne ( SHAR-lə-mayn, -⁠MAYN; 2 April 748 – 28 January 814) was King of the Franks from 768, King of the Lombards from 774, and Emperor of what is now known as the Carolingian Empire from 800, holding these titles until his death in 814. He united most of Western and Central Europe and was the first recognized emperor to rule in the west after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, approximately three centuries earlier. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charlemagne has received more than 19,924,950 page views. His biography is available in 157 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 147 in 2019). Charlemagne is the 3rd most popular politician (up from 10th in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Germany (up from 6th in 2019) and the most popular German Politician.

Charlemagne was the first Holy Roman Emperor. He is most famous for uniting Western Europe and expanding the Frankish Kingdom into an empire that covered much of Western and Central Europe.

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Among politicians, Charlemagne ranks 3 out of 19,576Before him are Napoleon, and Adolf Hitler. After him are Donald Trump, Julius Caesar, Louis XIV of France, Suleiman the Magnificent, Joseph Stalin, Thomas Jefferson, Saladin, Vladimir Lenin, and Jimmy Carter.

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Among people born in 748, Charlemagne ranks 1After him is Abu-l-'Atahiya. Among people deceased in 814, Charlemagne ranks 1After him are Abu Nuwas, Krum, and Angilbert.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Charlemagne ranks 2 out of 7,253Before him are Ludwig van Beethoven (1770). After him are Albert Einstein (1879), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685), Martin Luther (1483), Karl Marx (1818), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777), Johannes Gutenberg (1394), Henry Kissinger (1923), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), and Otto von Bismarck (1815).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Charlemagne ranks 1After him are Henry Kissinger (1923), Otto von Bismarck (1815), Frederick the Great (1712), Wilhelm II, German Emperor (1859), Heinrich Himmler (1900), Angela Merkel (1954), Hermann Göring (1893), Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor (912), William I, German Emperor (1797), Klemens von Metternich (1773), and Joseph Goebbels (1897).