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Frederick I – Barbarossa

Frederick I – Barbarossa

Oct 12, 2012

EMPEROR FROM 1152-1190 Frederick I was one of the most famous of German emperors. He was a tall, stalwart man of majestic appearance. He had a long red beard and so the people called him Barbarossa, or Red-Beard. He came to the throne in 1152. At that time the province of Lombardy in northern Italy was a part of the German empire. In 1158 Milan, the chief city...

Charlemagne

Charlemagne

Sep 7, 2012

KING FROM 768-814 A.D. Pepin (King of the Franks) had two sons, Charles and Carloman. After the death of their father they ruled together, but in a few years Carloman died, and Charles became sole king. Charles was the most famous of the kings of the Franks. He did so many great and wonderful things that he is called Charlemagne which means Charles the Great....