This project uses an ahnentafel of Charlemagne to identify and cut the fake lines in his ancestry.
The Emperor Charlemagne is the ancestor of most, perhaps all Europeans. His ancestry goes back only a few generations but he has become the gateway for hundreds of fake genealogies back to antiquity, all based on wishful thinking.
Scholars generally concede that only 14 ancestors of Charlemagne can be proven. Everything else is academic conjecture or amateur speculation.
Note: Not all scholars accept all 14 of these ancestors. Some place the number lower, at 8, 10, or 12. See, e.g., Todd Farmerie, "The 8 proven ancestors of Charlemagne" at soc.genealogy.medieval, Mar. 7, 1999.
How to Participate
- Use the ahnentafel below to identify ancestors of Charlemagne, then add those ancestors to the project.
- Cut any lines that do not appear in the ahnentafel.
- If you find a contemporary academic source that changes or adds to this information, start a project discussion.
- The best place to search for updates and corrections to this information is the archives of soc.genealogy.medieval.
Reading an ahnentafel
An ahnentafel is a numbered list of a person's ancestors. If you are looking at a person on the list, that person's father is their number times 2. That person's mother is that number times 2 plus 1. A child's number is one-half their father's number.
The proven ancestry of Charlemagne
- 8. Pepin II the Middle ca 635-714
- 9. Alpaide van Bruyeres ca 660-705
- 12. Unknown Husband
- 13. Bertrade de Prüm ca 690-ca 720
- 16. Ansigisel de Metz 607/610-662/685, Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia
- 17. Saint Beggue of Austrasia 605/615-693
- 32. Arnulf of Metz (582-640)
- 33. Saint Doda (586-612)
- 34. Pepin of Landen (c580-640)
- 35. Saint Itta (?-652)