Coronation of Charlemagne

25 December 800

Charlemagne (possibly 742-814) expanded the Frankish kingdom into an empire that incorporated most of Western and Central Europe. He was King of the Franks from 768 and Emperor of the Romans from 800 to his death. He was crowned Imperator Augustus by Pope Leo III on 25 December 800. Charlemagne, who is also known as 'Charles the Great' or 'Karl der Große' is numbered as Emperor Charles I in the regnal lists of France, Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.

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    Charlemagne (742-814) and his third son Pippin (773–810) giving edicts to a clerk. Illuminated manuscript; 10th century.


    Charlemagne and his army outside the walls of Pamplona in 778. Illuminated manuscript; 14th century.


    The death of Roland during the battle of Roncevaux Pass in 778. Charlemagne kneels before the deceased. Illuminated manuscript; 14th century.


    The death of Roland during the battle of Roncevaux Pass in 778. Charlemagne watches Roland being killed by a Basque knight. Illuminated manuscript; 14th century.


    Charlemagne's army sets off for Spain. Illuminated manuscript; 14th century.


    Charlemagne entering Spanish soil in a chariot. Illuminated manuscript; 13th century.


    The Battle of Roncesvalles (Roncevaux) in 778 between the rearguard of Charlemagne's army and the Saracens. Roland is killed. From the Chroniques de France ou de Saint Denis, vol. 1.France; second quarter of 14th century. Shelfmark: Royal 16 G. VI Page Folio Number: f.178


    Statue of Roland in the center of Bremen market square, in front of the townhall. "Roland" holds the sword of justice, on his shield the Imperial Eagle. H: 10 m 1400


    Bust of Emperor Charlemagne. The reliquary includes part of the emperor's skull and was ordered and donated by Emperor Karl IV. The bust was carried in procession during the imperial coronation ceremonies. Bust reliquary, 1349

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    Scepter of King Charles V of France, surmounted by a statue of Charlemagne. Detail. Gold, pearls, precious stones (1380) Size: 60 cm MS 83

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    God Father between Charlemagne and Saint John Baptist. Medallion, gold and translucent enamel (1370/1380), from the collection of Louis d'Anjou, France Back of a mirror,diameter: 6.8 cm MR 2608


    Emperor Charlemagne and his wife. Detail from an illuminated manuscript page


    Charlemagne sends Ganelon to the King of Saragossa, Marseille and Baligand. From the Chroniques de St.Denis,France, 1275 Ms 782,folio 152 recto.


    The dream of Charlemagne,France,14th From the Grandes Chroniques de France,Fol.139 recto.


    How Charlemagne found Roland dead. From the Grandes Chroniques de France, 14th.


    A messenger informs Charlemagne of the victory over the Saracens. From the Grandes Chroniques de France, fol.117 recto. End 14th


    Charlemagne and the conquest of Spain. From the Chroniques des Rois de France, Ms.869/522, fol.188 verso,15th.


    Charlemagne besieging Troy. From the Chroniques des Rois de France, Ms.869/522, fol.2 recto,15th.


    Les Grandes Chroniques de France,middle 15th.French, parchment,46,5 x 32,5 cm 441 pages.Probably written and painted in the Abbey of St.Bertin.The coronation of Charlemagne:right Charlemagne is crowned in St.Peter in Rome;left:presents from the king of Persia.Fol.120 v


    Les Grandes Chroniques de France,middle 15th.French, parchment,46,5 x 32,5 cm 441 pages.Probably written and painted in the Abbey of St.Bertin.The story of Roland,the treacherous Ganelon and Charlemagne.An angel carries Roland's soul to heaven. Fol.154 verso.


    Emperor Charlemagne's Spanish campaign: top medallion Roland fights the giant Ferragut;a church is dedicated to St. James;the conquest of Pamplona and Charlemagne's prayer before the battle. Window from the deambulatory, Chartres Cathedral, around 1220.

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    Aachen Cathedral, an octagonal basilica built shortly before 800 by Charlemagne. Inside the octagon a Romanesque, circular chandelier, a gift from Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa (1125-1190). On the first floor gallery the throne of Charlemagne.

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    Sandstone statue of Emperor Charlemagne,1585, in Wedel near Hamburg.


    Charlemagne, or his grandson Charles le Chauve, equestrian statuette. The rider's face corresponds to Charlemagne's profile on the coins issued during his reign. Bronze (9th, horse probably later) 24 x 17,5 x 9,5 cm - OA 8260

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