Click here to go to the map. Select a begin and end year in the bar at the top of the map. The selected years should automatically be displayed. In the "Map data" menu, you can select the map layers you want to see. These include:
You can click on many elements to get more information about it. For example, if you click on a battle icon, a window with a short description of the battle pops up.
Most places mentioned in the years of Charles' reign (768-813), and some more. Since this map obviously focuses on Francia, I've not included many towns too far away, such as Constantinople or Jerusalem. As the locations are mainly added for towns attested in the Annales, there may very well be some major cities missing while some minor villages do show up. The town names are as written in the Annales.
Most data comes from the Frankish Annals, a description of the Frankish empire compiled in the early 9th century. Some other sources are also used, these are usually mentioned in the accompanying descriptions. The translation of the Annals I used, and occasionally quote, is: Carolingian Chronicles by Walter Scholtz and Barbara Rogers, which is a recommended read for anyone interested in more information.
The route between the attested places was calculated using Google Directions, which uses modern data. As such, there is usually no regard for old roads, bridges, borders and other features that would have determined Charles' exact route. In a few cases, where it's explicitly mentioned that Charles travelled by river, I've traced the route by hand.
The date of some Easter events may in some cases seem to be a year off. This is because of the rather arbitrary way Christmas and Easter are written down in the Annals: often the new year starts after Easter, but sometimes Christmas is taken as the beginning of the year and Easter is in the next year.
Borders are not extremely accurate. There's just too many historical maps that all look slightly different, and that not always agree with the primary sources. They should still, though, give a good idea of the political situation of Charles' time.
I hope that this site will help paint a better picture of the life of one of the most famous kings in history.
For any suggestions/questions/remarks, you can reach me