(c. 770—840)

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Aristocrat educated in the monastery of Fulda and later a friend and adviser of Charlemagne. After Charlemagne's death in ad 814 he was made abbot of a series of religious houses. Between ad 829 and ad 836 he wrote his Life of Charlemagne, which remains the main source of much of what is known about the Frankish Empire. Einhard died in ad 840.

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