Why Didn T Charlemagne Want To Be Crowned Emperor?

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The intentions behind the event in which Charlemagne was crowned Emperor by the Pope at Christmas 800 are an influential part of Medieval history. Barraclough (1976) explains the factors in why Charlemagne did not want to be crowned emperor. The reasons lay in the events that were happening in Italy in 800.

The first and foremost reason is that the idea of being crowned emperor did not come from Charlemagne at all. It is said, by his biographer Einhard, that Charlemagne would not have attended the service at the church on St. Peters if he had known of the Popes intentions. Charlemagne attended a service at the church in which is son was to be consecrated king by the Pope. This was when the Pope crowned Charlemagne emperor. During 800, there

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