He was six feet four inches tall, and built to scale. He had beautiful white hair, animated eyes, a powerful nose...a presence "always stately and dignified." He was temperate in eating and drinking, abominated drunkenness, and kept in good health despite every exposure and hardship.
—Eginhardt (the King's secretary) describing Charlemagne
Charlemagne is the most famous ruler of the Middle Ages and a key figure in all of European history. He was king of the Franks (768-814), king of the Lombards (774-814), and emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (800-814). The achievements that have secured Charlemagne's place in history are mainly due to his hunger for power, his Christian faith, and his astute leadership qualities. Charlemagne's greatest achievement is the Carolingian Renaissance, a revival of European political cultural life that arose during the later Middle Ages. During this time, Charlemagne encouraged education by reintroducing Latin and having books and manuscripts copied. At this time, a new type of writing, known as Carolingian minuscule, came into use. The present- day use of capital and lower-case letters, punctuation and word spaces dates from the Carolingian era. Under Charlemagne, European commerce was revitalized through the construction of new roads and bridges, and through standardized weights and measures, tolls and customs dues. By unifying European states, he blocked the spread of Islam to Europe and profoundly affected the course of history by Christianizing the Saxons, ancestors of the British.
On Christmas Day in 800, while Charlemagne knelt in prayer in Saint Peter's in Rome, Pope Leo III seized a golden crown from the altar and placed it on the bowed head of the king. The throng in the church shouted, "To Charles the August, crowned by God, great and pacific emperor, long life and victory!"
Of the lines I have to Charlemagne this one is through Matilda of Flanders (b c1032, d 02.11.1083) m2. (1053) William I 'Conqueror'. Charlemagne is my 44th time great Grandfather
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Charlemagne, King of the Franks, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (b. 02.04.742 d. 28.01.814 m1. (c768) HimiltrudePepin I, King of Italy and the Lombards (b 773, d 08.07.810) m1. (795) Bertha of Toulouse (dau of William, Count of Autun and Toulouse) Bernard I, King of Italy and the Lombards (b c797, d 17.08.818) m. (8713) Cunegonde of Laon (b by 796, a 06.835) Pepin II Quentin, Count of Vermandois, Senlis et Peronne (b 817, a 840) Herbert I, Count of Vermandois, Senlis et Peronne (b c849, d by 11.907) m. Bertha de Morvois or Leidgardis Louis I 'the Fair' or 'the Pious', Holy Roman Emperor (b 778, d 20.06.840 m1. (798) Ermengarde of Hesbaye (c778, d 03.10.818, dau of Ingeramme of Hesbaye) Baldwin I, Count of Flanders (b c 837/840, d 879) m. Judith (b 844, a 870, dau of Charles II 'the Bald', King of the West Franks, Holy Roman Emperor) Baldwin II 'the bald', Count of Flanders and Artois (b 863/5, d 10.09.918) m. (884) Elfrida (b c877, d 07.06.929, dau of Alfred, King of Wessex) Arnulf I 'the Great', Count of Flanders and Artois (b 885/889, d 27.03.964) m2. (934) Adele of Vermandois (b c941/915, d 10.10.960, dau of Herbert II, Count of Vermandois) Baldwin III, Count of Flanders (b c940, dvp 01.01.962) m. (961) Matilda of Saxony (b c942, d 25.05.1008, dau of Hermann Billung, Duke of Saxony) Arnulf II, Count of Flanders (b 961/2, d 30.03.987 m. (c968) Suzanna (Rosele) of Ivrea (b 945, d 26.01.1003, dau of Berengar II, King of Italy) Baldwin IV 'le barbu', Count of Flanders (b c980, d 30.05.1035) m1. (c1012) Ogiva of Luxemburg (b 960/1, d 30.03.1030) Baldwin V, Count of Flanders (b c1012/3, d 01.09.1067) m. (1028) Adele de Contenance (b 1009, d 08.01.1079, dau of Robert II, King of France) Matilda of Flanders (b c1032, d 02.11.1083) m2. (1053) William I 'Conqueror', King of England (b 1027, d 07.09.1087)
William I 'the Conqueror' Duke of Normandy, King of England
(b 1027, d 07.09.1087) m. (1053) Mathilda of Flanders (b 1032, d 02.11.1083, dau of Baldwin V, Count of Flanders) Henry I 'Beauclerc', King of England (b 1068, d 01.12.1135) m1. (11.11.1100) Matilda of Scotland (b 1079, d 01.05.1118, dau of Malcolm III 'Canmore, King of Scots) Raoul VII (Roscelin) de Beaumont, Vicomte de Maine and Beaumont (d c1176) m. (before 1135) Constance (dau of Henry I, Beauclerc', King of England) Ermengarde de Beaumont (Bellomont) (d 12.02.1233-4) m. (05.09.1186) William 'the Lion', King of Scots (b c1143, d 04.12.1214) Fergus, Lord of Galloway (d 1161) m. daughter of Henry I, King of England Gilbert of Galloway and Carrick (d 01.01.1185) Duncan, 1st Earl of Carrick (d 13.06.1250) m. Aveline (dau of Alan FitzWalter, 2nd High Steward) Neil, 2nd Earl of Carrick (d 1256) m. Margaret Stewart (dau of Walter Stewart, 3rd High Steward) Sir Robert de Bruce, 6th Lord of Annandale (d by 04.04.1304) m1. Marjory, Countess of Carrick (d 1292, dau of Neil, Earl of Carrick)
Walter Stewart, 6th High Stewart of Scotland (b 1292, d 1325 m. (10)Marjorie Bruce (dau of Robert Bruce, King Robert 1 of Scots) Robert Stewart, King Robert II of Scots (b 02.03.1316, d 19.04.1390) m1. (1347) Elizabeth Mure (dau of Sir Adam Mure of Rowallan) Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, Regent (b 1339, d 03.09.1420) m1. Margaret Graham, Countess of Menteith (d c1380) William Abernethy, 6th of Saltoun (b by1365, d 1420) m. Mary Stewart (dau of Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany) Sir William Abernethy (dvp Harlaw 24.07.1411) m. Margaret Borthwick (dau of Sir William Borthwick) Laurence Abernethy, 8th of Saltoun, 1st Lord Saltoun (b c1400, d before 13.03.1460-1) m. (by 1448) Margaret Elisabeth Abernethy m. (1)John Gordon, younger of Scardargue, 1st of Auchleuchries John Gordon, 2nd of Auchleuchries (d c1496 m. Margaret Forbes (dau of Sir Alexander Forbes, 3rd of Pitsligo) John Gordon, 3rd of Auchleuchries, 1st of Pitlurg (d 1546) m 1. Jane Stewart (dau of John Stewart, 1st Earl of Atholl) John Gordon, 2nd of Pitlurg, 4th of Auchleuchries (d Pinkie 10.09.1547) m. (1542-3) Janet Ogilvie (dau of Alexander Ogilvie of Deskford) Sir John Gordon, 3rd of Pitlurg (d 16.09.1600) m. (1567) Isabel Forbes (b 16.10.1548, bur 22.03.1622, dau of Forbes, 7th Lord) John Gordon, 4th of Pitlurg (d 1619) m. Nicola Kinnaird (dau of Patrick Kinnaird) Robert Gordon of Straloch, 5th of Pitlurg (b 14.09.1580, d 18.08.1661, geographer, etc) m. (1608) Katherine Irvine (d 03.08.1662, dau of Alexander Irvine of Wester Beltie, cadet of Drum) Arthur Gordon of Straloch (b 1625, d 1680) m. Catherine Menzies (dau of Alexander Menzies of Kinmundy *Lady Mary Gordon 1671-1742 m. Sir James Abercromby 1668-1734 2nd baronet of Birkenbog James Alexander Abercrombie, II. b. 1713 in Scotland near St. Andrews d. 1782 m. 1st Hannah Pickard no issue, m. 2nd Katherine Thompson. COLVILLE ABERCROMBIE, b 04 Oct. 1763, Ninety- Six Dist., SC, d. 01 Nov. 1837 Laurens Co., SC. m 11 Jul. 1785, Ninety- Six Dist., SC, MARY LINDLEY b. 1764, d. 12 June 1852, dau. of Thomas Lindley (son of, James Lindley, born April 16, 1681 and Eleanor Parke, born Jan 2, 1683.) b. 1706, Ballyredman, County Carlow, Ireland, d 14 Sep. 1781, Orange Co., NC. m 1731, Chester Co., PA, Ruth HADLEY, dau. Simon and Ruth (Miller) Hadley, b. 1711 d. 1785, Orange Co., NC. *Ruthie ABERCROMBIE b. 1803 Laurens Co., SC m. Alfred Franklin (Banks) SIMS 1800 – 1886 was the son of, Clayborn C. Sims Jr. b. 1760 Halifax, VA & d. 1812 m. 1785 Martha “Paddy” Parker b. 1766 & d. 1819 Laurens, SC dau. of William Parker SC. Alfred Sims and Ruthie Abercrombie moved to Georgia in 1834. Alfred d. in Rockdale Co., Ga. on April 2, 1886. Ruthie d. in Rockdale Co. Ga. 1892. Both are buried in Smyrna Church Cem., Rockdale Co., Ga. (um) the 1950 DeKalb Co., Ga. *Sarah Elizabeth Sims b. Jan. 1, 1827 d. m. John A. Puckett b. Jan. 16, 1827 Newton C., GA son of John H. Puckett and Tabitha Richards. John A. Puckett was a soldier in the Confederate Army and the US Dakotas Indian Wars. John Rufas Puckett b.17 Mar. 1861 Henry Co., GA d. there 24 June 1951 m. 1st Harriett Ludella Pattillo b. 1869 Henry Co., GA d. 1929. Harriett was the dau. of James Martin Pattillo and Elizabeth Hightower. *Fannie Louisa Puckett b.8 Aug 1887 d. 10 Jan 1923. m. William Dauphus Corley 12 Dec. 1903 born July 23, 1884 died May 11, 1967 Son of William A. Corley and MAry Elizabeth Callaway. James Calvin Corley b. 1 Aug. 1921 d. 8 Aug. 1973 m. Ruby Virgina Johnson b. 20 Mar. 1924 (Living) dau. of Nathan Lewis JOHNSON b. 16 July 1902-10 d. June 1989-Dallas N.C. and Lois Lillian WESTBROOK b 30 Apr. d. 23 Mar. 1928. Lois was the dau. of James Westbrook and Mary Lynch. David E. Corley m. Sherry Gentry (Living) Dr. Joe Aaron Corley m. Paula Eversole (Living) Issue: William Landon Corley, Adalyn Maris Corley Justin Daniel Corley (Living)
Robert 'the' Bruce, King Robert I of Scots(b 11.07.1274, d 07.06.1329) m1. (c 1295) Isobel of Mar (dau of Sir Donald, 6th Earl of Mar)
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