Sunday, July 05, 2015

Charlemagne King of the Franks

The descendants of Thomas Frederick Barker are also descendants of Charlemagne (also know as Charles I King of the Franks and Charles the Great).

He ruled the areas of France and Norther Europe from 800-814. In his life time he had at least 4 wives and several mistresses and about 20 children.

On the surface this sound like a big, exciting and prestigious person to have as an ancestor. He was a king and a powerful one. He united most of Europe under his command, not a small feat.

Before anyone gets very excited you have to understand that most people of European descendant are related to Charlemagne.
How can that happen, you may ask?

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Charlemagne. via Wikipedia.

Go to the following link to read an interesting article about our common ancestors.