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Charlemagne et ses leudes

Charlemagne and his guards

Charlemagne (Carolus Magnus) (unknown place 742 - Aachen 814)
King of the Franks (since 768) and Emperor (since 800)
Charles and Louis Rochet

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Equestrian statue of Charlemagne and two of his leudes (Olivier and Roland with his sword Durendal).



Signed: (pedestal) charles et lovis / ROCHET –1882



A Leudes was a vassal or tenant in the early Middle Ages. From the bravest of their tribe a number of warriors were chosen to be the companions and guards of the chief. They called Leudes, and usually served on horseback, while the greater part of the nation fought on foot; and they were bound to their chief by an oath of fidelity. These Leudes were, in fact, the nobility of the tribes, but resembled the knights of an after age in nothing except the circumstance of fighting on horseback.

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Item Code: frif004; Photograph: 24 May 2011
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