charlemagne

  1. SunKing105

    WI: Charles I died at the Roncevaux Pass?

    So let's say that not only do the Basques loot the Frankish baggage train,but that Charles I, never to be known as Charlemagne, is either stuck in the rearguard and killed, or that he gets killed from a lucky arrow or something, and subsequently, huge portions of the the army are lost due to the...
  2. The Professor

    Split East & West Francias, with Middle Francian Roman Empire

    So OTL both West and East Francian kingdoms initially fractured before reforming, whilst Middle Francia split leaving nearly a century before Italy/Lombardy and its occasional imperial title were added to Otto's East Francia. So, how do we keep East and West Francias divided while imperial...
  3. KingOnTheEdge

    WI: Charlemagne Conquers Eastern Spain Instead of Germany?

    OTL, Charlemagne conquered much of Germany, but his attempts to oust the Umayyad from spain failed. Now, i don't know much military history at all, much less during this period, but what if his fortunes were reversed? What if Charlemagne was able to establish a strong base in Iberia, but was...
  4. KingOnTheEdge

    Biggest Realistic French Empire?

    I'm curious, how big can we get France and her empire without getting into wank territories? Bonus points if you start with a POD between Charlemagne's death and Louis XIV's birth
  5. The Diaries of Desiderius: A Lombard Timeline
    Threadmarks: #1: Prologue

    Prologue “Cherish your days as a knight, my son, for these are days of bravery and glory. At the end of the day, you may wash your hands of the blood of the enemy slain in a fair combat. But when the day will come that you shall be King, how will you wash away the blood of the unknown...
  6. KingOnTheEdge

    AHC: A British "Charlemagne'

    Few kings have had as successsful a rule as Karl The Great of Francia. Conquering from Catalonia to Bavaria, inspiring a burst of literacy and trade. Father of France and Germany and the first of many Holy Roman Emperors. But there remained two parts of western europe that Karl didn't subsume...
  7. WI: Irene of Athens secures a marriage alliance with Charlemagne

    Theophanes the Confessor claims that after Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne Holy Roman Emperor, Byzantine Empress Irene of Athens attempted to secure a marriage alliance with him. He further claims that this effort was frustrated by one of her advisors, a eunuch named Aetios. Personally, I think...
  8. Basileus_Komnenos

    DBWI The Carolingian Empire Fragmented Permanently

    As we all know the Carolingian Empire a title which is unofficially given by historians to signify the start of the Carolingian patrimony over Western and Central Europe. This started with Emperor Charlemagne who brought order to Western Europe in a vast empire. The first of its kind since the...
  9. Basileus_Komnenos

    AHC: Italian/Lombard Versions of Charlemagne Creating the HRE

    Assuming Karloman survives and fights with Charlemagne, could a Lombard Version of Charlemagne arise in Western Europe? Italy despite being ravaged by the Gothic Wars and Lombard Invasions was still the wealthiest region in the Mediterranean world. Assuming some military genius...
  10. ArchimedesCircle

    For Want of a Hammer
    Threadmarks: Prelude

    Prelude The transition between the late Roman and the post-Roman west was not a simple process. First came the Migration period, the Völkerwanderung, when Germanic peoples swept through the Western Roman Empire. Then the Empire ceased to exist, dissolved by Odoacer. Odoacer was in turn...
  11. GauchoBadger

    WI: Charlemagne dies at Roncevaux Pass (778)

    So, basically, assume that not only is the Frankish baggage train massacred and looted at the Battle of Roncevaux Pass in 778 AD, but that the commander of the Franks, King Charles I (never to be known by his epithet ITTL), dies at the hands of the Basques in the ambush. The Song of Roland ends...
  12. After the Romans, can an empire survive on both sides of the Alps?

    After the fall of the Roman Empire, is it possible for a centralized empire -- rather than a loose suzerainty -- to survive on both sides of the Alps before modern technology decreases travel time? And from which area is it easiest to control all sides of the Alps: France, Germany, Austria, or...
  13. What if Charlemagne invaded Scandinavia?

    According to the Royal Frankish Annals, in the year 810 Charlemagne was preparing to invade Denmark, but the death of their King Gudfred caused Charlemagne to call off the invasion. What if Gudfred lived, and the Franks invaded Denmark? If Charlemagne conquered Denmark, it seems possible that...
  14. GauchoBadger

    WI: Charles the Younger and Pepin of Italy live longer

    In 806 AD, Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne attempted to divide his empire among his three heirs (Charles the Younger, Pepin of Italy, not to be confused with Pepin the Hunchback, and Louis the Pious) in, roughly, the above map's configuration. However, around three years before the death of the...
  15. Emperor Norton I

    WI: A Briton "Charlemagne"

    Arthurian legend and the assorted myths and invented stories surrounding it are an attempt at painting a grandiose past for the native Britons, who were supplanted by the Anglo-Saxons. On it's face, it essentially casts King Arthur as an alternative to Charlemagne. The capital of Camelot (though...
  16. DBWI: Pope Leo III didn't crown himself Emperor?

    Surely Pope Leo III was mad when, after having King Charles personally schlepp all the way down from Paris to Rome, crowned himself Holy Roman Emperor on Christmas 800AD; unifying the Potificate and the Imperial crown and becoming Augustus Pontificatus in the process. I know historians note...
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