Tracing ancestors for me is a labor of love. I love to find ways to connect to the history of the past. Today, I celebrate my ancestor, Charlemagne [2 Apr 742 – 28 Jan 814].
One of my favorite quotes about him: “ Charlemagne was able to offer the cultureless and… almost completely unenlightened … a new enthusiasm for all human knowledge. In its earlier state of barbarousness, his kingdom had been hardly touched at all by any such zeal, but now it opened its eyes to God’s illumination. In our own time the thirst for knowledge is disappearing again: the light of wisdom is less and less sought after and is now becoming rare again in most men’s minds.” [ Lewis Thorpe, tr., Einhard and Notker the Stammerer, Two Lives of Charlemagne, 1969:49f.]
Although translated in 1969, the original Life of Charlemagne by Einhard was written about 820 CE.
You might know him as Charles the Great, King of the Franks, King of the Lombards, and Emperor of the Romans. But to me, he is just my 34th great grandfather…. (He probably is yours as well!)
If you want to know more about Great-Great-Great… Grandfather, you can check out this Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlemagne