Charles the Fat Biography
(Emperor of the Carolingian Empire)
Birthday: June 13, 839 (Gemini)
Born In: Donaueschingen, Germany
Charles III, also called Charles the Fat, was an emperor of the Carolingian Empire from 881 to 888. He was the third son of Louis the German and his wife, Hemma. He is remembered for being the last Carolingian emperor of legitimate birth as well as the last to rule over all the territories of the Franks. According to historical sources, he is believed to have been lethargic and inept. He suffered from poor health and was susceptible to repeated illnesses. He probably suffered from epilepsy. As the king, he acquired most of his lands due to a series of unfortunate deaths. Later on, he was unable to secure the empire against the Viking invasion. He purchased peace with the Viking raiders twice, including at the infamous Siege of Paris, which is considered the reason for his downfall. Due to his failures and incompetence, he was an unpopular ruler. His ambitious nephew Arnulf of Carinthia led a coup against Charles the Fat and took over the government. Thus, Charles was deposed and forced into retirement. He passed away at the age of 48, in Neidingen, East Francia, the Carolingian Empire.