“Charlemagne” is a spectacular drama doc about the greatest emperor of the Middle Ages. Following the footsteps of Roman Cesars, Charles the Great created a kingdom that emcompassed nearly all of Europe. Successfully he spread Christianity by sword – albeit excluding himself from the rigid moral code of the church. Charlemagne had five wives, a dozen concubines and 18 marital children – not to mention the illegitimate.

This 2 hours drama doc tears open the veil of myths and half-truths obscuring the frankish ruler. In recent years a younger generation of researchers has uncovered exciting new evidence that sheds a different light on Charlemagne. Beyond the legends of Charlemagne lies an intriguing biography worthy to tell.

By both, factual accuracy and dramatic storytelling, the film investigates the new image of Charlemagne. Thus, an emperor becomes visible who truly existed – a ruler of flesh and blood, sin and faith. A man who became the founding father of Europe.

Cinema Premiere: 15th April 2013, Aachen

TV broadcast:
– 20th April 2013 at 8:15pm, Arte
– 1st May 2013 to 6.30pm, ARD
– 9th May 2013 at 8:15pm, Servus TV

Award: Impact Media Award, 2014 (Category: Best Docu-Drama)


Produced with the support of Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the EU.