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The most important accomplishments of Charlemagne's rule were his expansion of what came to be called the Carolingian Empire and his efforts to make improvements within that empire.
Charlemagne expanded the empire that had been left to him by his father, Pepin. He did this by conquering much of western Europe (what is now France and southern Germany) and northern Italy. This expansion was one of his most important accomplishments.
In addition, Charlemagne did a great deal to improve life in this empire. He centralized control of the empire, bringing the Church under his control to a great degree. He then did such things as creating codes of law and appointing officials to administer them under his supervision. He improved roads and bridges. He expanded education. By doing all of these things, he managed to improve the economic, political, and social situations in the empire.
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