Does Charlemagne rule like a Germanic king or a Roman Emperor?
He was a Roman Emperor in the Middle Ages. He was the first King to make Christianity legal.
Charlemagne was crowned as King of the West Franks in 768, and this certainly made him a Germanic king. He was crowned Emperor of the Roman People by Pope Leo III in 800. Whether this actually made him he a Roman emperor is a question for debate. Certainly Empress Irene of what was called the Roman Empire at the time (now called the Byzantine Empire) did not think the title was legitimate. Please use the…
In 800, Charlemagne traveled to Rome to crush an unruly mob that had attacked the pope. In gratitude, Pope Leo III crowned him emperor. The coronation was historic. A pope has claimed the political right to confer the title "Roman Emperor" on a European king. This event signaled the joining of Germanic power, the Church, and the heritage of the Roman Empire.