Also referred to as Charles the Great, Charlemagne is considered the first Holy Roman Emperor, and some of his accomplishments included the eliminating the Avar Empire and removing Duke Tassilo from Bavaria. Charlemagne also assisted Pope Adrian I, by seizing Pavia to prevent the Lombard king from pressuring him to anoint his sons as Frankish kings.
Louis XVI called the estates-general in 1789 to enlist their support in raising taxes to help deal with France's dangerous financial problems. Money spent on wars in the prior years, including the American Revolution, had depleted the budget.Full Answer >
The 13th-century Mongol Empire was founded by Genghis Khan, formerly known as Temujin. Between 1206 A.D.and the Khan's death in 1227, the Mongol Empire expanded from its base in the open country of Mongolia until it reached from the Caspian Sea to the Pacific Ocean.Full Answer >
During the Middle Ages, a lord granted a vassal land rights, and in return, a vassal committed to provide military and other honorable services via a feudal contract. They sealed the contract with an oath of homage and fealty.Full Answer >
The Crusades resulted in better technology and a change in attitude, prompting the desire to discover new places and the navigational equipment to allow people to do this. An increase in trade also helped to spur the Age of Exploration.Full Answer >