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Charlemagne ( SHAR-lə-mayn, -⁠MAYN, French: [ʃaʁləmaɲ]) or Charles the Great (Latin: Carolus Magnus; German: Karl der Große; 2 April 747 – 28 January 814), a member of the Carolingian Dynasty, was King of the Franks from 768, King of the Lombards from 774, and the first Holy Roman Emperor from 800. Charlemagne succeeded in uniting the majority of western and central Europe and was the first recognized emperor to rule from western Europe since the fall of the Western Roman Empire around three centuries earlier. The expanded Frankish state that Charlemagne founded was known as the Carolingian Empire. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charlemagne has received more than 15,093,584 page views. His biography is available in 145 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 143 in 2019). Charlemagne is the 10th most popular politician (up from 11th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from France (down from 2nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular French 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 10 out of 15,710Before him are Donald Trump, Louis XIV of France, Augustus, Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Stalin, and Vladimir Lenin. After him are Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Elizabeth I of England, Saladin, Jimmy Carter, Constantine the Great, and Attila.

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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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Among people born in France, Charlemagne ranks 5 out of 5,234Before him are Napoleon (1769), Louis XIV of France (1638), René Descartes (1596), and Joan of Arc (1412). After him are Voltaire (1694), Blaise Pascal (1623), Louis Pasteur (1822), Victor Hugo (1802), Claude Monet (1840), Montesquieu (1689), and Jules Verne (1828).


Among politicians born in France, Charlemagne ranks 3Before him are Napoleon (1769) and Louis XIV of France (1638). After him are Louis XVI of France (1754), Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor (1122), Napoleon III (1808), Louis XV of France (1710), Henry IV of France (1553), Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807), Philip IV of France (1268), Claudius (-10), and Louis XIII of France (1601).