Monday, January 28, 2008

The death of Charlemagne

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
814 The death of Charlemagne (b. 747), Holy Roman Emperor.

At Charlemagne's death there were portents: eclipses of sun and moon, and a seven-day black spot on the sun. His palace at Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen) trembled frequently, and strange noises emanated from the roof of any house he was in. The basilica in which he was buried at Aix-la-Chapelle was struck by lightning.

Shortly before his death the word princeps (or leader -- part of the emperor's title) faded from an inscription on the basilica. Or, so it is said ...


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