Charlemagne is a king of the Franks to the king of Italy to the first emperor of western Europe. Charlemagne means Charles the great and people also call him Charles i. He is a world redound king and since he was king of Franks and Italy they said they were descendants of him because he was so great. Charlemagne was first king of France in 768 then he was King of Italy to 774. After That in 800 he was crowned Emperor on Christmas day by Pope Leo in Old St.Peters Basilica. Charlemagne fought the Lombards for control of Northern Italy. Charlemagne campaigned against the Saxon being pagans upon penalty of death this lead to a massacre known as the Massacre Of Verden which was a massacre of 4500 rebel Saxons in 782. Some people say it was the worst thing he did and I think it is too. He died after 13 years of being Emperor at 814 then his son Louis the pious succeeded him.