In the 1st century Europe was still embroiled in border disputes among many Pagan peoples, Charlemagne, King of the Francs, was one of the first leaders of the time to embrace Christianity. He expanded his territory and spread Christianity by waging war against neighboring bands conquering the Lombards, the Saxons, Bavaria and parts of Spain. Charlemagne used more than weapons to conquer the people of Europe, he built monasteries and encouraged teaching and learning and helped Christianity flourish. He was ruler of all of this self-made empire, but did not think of himself as an emperor. He was made so however, in the early 800s after coming to the aid of Pope Leo III in Rome. He became what many consider the first true Roman Emperor. Many believe he and his armies still haunt the forests of Bavaria to this day.
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