Carlo Magno

December 4, 771 AD: Charlemagne's younger brother and king of Austrasia, Carloman I, perishes from a sudden illness after just a little more than two years spent on the throne. At the time of his death, Carloman and his brother were close to outright war; his sudden passing thus allows Charlemagne to inherit his land and reunite all of the Frankish Kingdom without any bloodshed, reason why Carloman's death is regarded by many historians as a stepping stone to the Holy Roman Empire.

Illumination from the manuscript "Les grandes Chroniques de France", ms. Français 2608, f. 105r, 1390-1405, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Manuscrits, Paris.



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