December 25 800 – Charlemagne is Crowned the First Holy Roman Emperor

December 25 800 – Charlemagne is Crowned the First Holy Roman EmperorRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons In the vacuum created by the crash of the Roman Empire in the 5th century, a number of tribal kings from diverse regions fought for control of Europe. The slow rise of the Catholic Church as a political entity in the intervening time, however, came to a head on December 25, 800 when Charles I, King of the Franks, was named the first head of the Holy Roman Empire. Taking the name Charlemagne — “Charles the Great” — at a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, he became more than just […]