How did Frankish rulers such as Charlemagne gain control of western Europe?
Charlemagne, a very powerful and efficient Frankish Ruler, had a strategy he used that never he used and never failed him. Charlemagne would go out once a year, go into battle with one of his enemies and then one the opponent has been defeated, he would take over the land and make friends with the people and surrounding areas.
Charlemagne was also well known across Europe too, Pope Leo III noticed Charlemagne skill as a warrior and called for his help. Twice the Franks under Charlemagne's Rule helped Leo defeat their enemies. Out of gratitude, Pope Leo named Charlemagne the Emperor of the Roman people. The people believed that the Church and the Gods were on the side of Charlemagne which gave him the support along with the power to occupy the majority of Europe.
Charlemagne was King of the Franks from 768-814. His father was Pepin the Short, his mother was Bertrada of Laon. He grew the Frankish empire until it included most of Western and Central Europe. He is thought of as the "father of Europe" because he founded the French and German monarchies. He died on January 28th, 814.
What Frankish leader during the Middle Ages is remembered for playing a huge part in developing the ideas of feudalism and knighthood in Western Europe?
Charles the Great (known as Charlemagne) was a seminal figure in the development of the Medieval French identity. The later "Chansons" (songs, or poems) about the deeds of Charlemagne and his various paladins became the foundational legends behind the culture and code of chivalry of Medieval Europe.
When Charlemagne became king of the Franks in 768, he ruled over what is now France and western Germany. After Charlemagne defeated the Lombards in Italy in 800, Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne as the emperor of the Romans. Charlemagne gained control of most of Italy. During Charlemagne's reign, he had nearly doubled the amount of land he controlled and had united much of western and central Europe.
Charlemagne extended the Frankish Kingdom to include Saxony, Lombardy, and other territories, founded the Carolingian Empire, which was the ancestor to the Kingdom of France and the Holy Roman Empire, founded schools, and generally elevated the culture of Western Europe. I would pick him as the single most important person of the Middle Ages.