Wednesday, April 2, 2014

History Trivia - Charlemagne, King of the Franks and first Holy Roman Emperor was born.

April 2

 68 the Emperor Galba was declared Imperator by his legion.

506  The Brevairum, a code of laws for the subjects of Alaric II, King of the Goths, was drafted at Toulouse.

742 Charlemagne, King of the Franks from 768-814, first Holy Roman Emperor, from 800-814, was born.

999 Sylvester II was elected pope. He was the first French pope, and was said to have played a major role in popularizing Arabic numerals in the West.

1234 Edmund Rich became Archbishop of Canterbury. Raised to the Archbishopric by Pope Gregory IX, Edmund was an outspoken figure who clashed with King Henry III of England and preached for the Sixth Crusade.

 1285 Honorius IV elected pope. Honorius was old and crippled when elected but in his brief two years as pope he worked toward reuniting the Western and Eastern churches and supported the mendicant orders.

1502- Arthur, English crown prince/husband of Catherine of Aragon, died.
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