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Charlemagne and Pope Hadrian I

From Wikimedia Commons, public domain image

Even centuries after the events, one of Charlemagne’s family feuds inspired artists, such as Antoine Verard. His 1493 hand-painted print in Chronicles of France depicts King Charles meeting with Pope Hadrian I in the 770s.

The true story that inspired this image involves Charles and his ex-father-in-law, along with his widowed sister-in-law and her sons, and the fate of Rome hung in the balance. For more, I invite you to read my guest post on Unusual Historicals.