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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 after the fall of the Western Roman Empire around three centuries earlier. The expanded Frankish state that Charlemagne founded was the Carolingian Empire. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charlemagne has received more than 15,783,348 page views. His biography is available in 147 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 145 in 2019). Charlemagne is the 10th most popular politician, the 6th most popular biography from Germany (down from 5th in 2019) and the most popular 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 15,577Before him are Louis XIV of France, Joseph Stalin, Cleopatra, Vladimir Lenin, Thomas Jefferson, and Augustus. After him are Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Vladimir Putin, Suleiman the Magnificent, David, Saladin, and Elizabeth I of England.

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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 6 out of 6,142Before him are Ludwig van Beethoven (1770), Albert Einstein (1879), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685), Martin Luther (1483), and Karl Marx (1818). After him are Johannes Gutenberg (1394), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777), Johannes Kepler (1571), and Otto von Bismarck (1815).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, Charlemagne ranks 1After him are Otto von Bismarck (1815), Angela Merkel (1954), Henry Kissinger (1923), Frederick the Great (1712), Heinrich Himmler (1900), Wilhelm II, German Emperor (1859), Hermann Göring (1893), Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor (912), Joseph Goebbels (1897), William I, German Emperor (1797), and Reinhard Heydrich (1904).