20. The death of Carloman
“The exact cause of death of Charlemagne’s brother, Carloman. In the 8th century, after the death of their father Pepin, the Frankish kingdom was split in half in such a way that made both of his sons joint kings of the Franks. Charlemagne ruled in the west and Carl in the East (I think Charlie ruled from Vermandois and Carl from Troyes, which is more North/South but someone can correct me). One day Carl fell gravely ill and died, Charlemagne taking over as sole king of the Franks.
Although one theory is that Carl did not die of a sudden illness, but was in fact assassinated by his own mother. It is said that their mother favored Charles, and went to Carl to try to convince him to give her favorite (eldest) son more power. When Carl refused, she left, and he fell gravely ill and died not long after. Perhaps she poisoned her own son so that her favorite may rule as king? If so, you could claim that she may be one of the most influential characters of history, as Charlemagne would go on to conquer the Saxons and the Lombards and be arguably crowned the first Holy Roman Empire, with his empire spanning most of Christianity. Crowned by the Pope as the true Roman Empire (he refused to recognize the iconoclast Byzantines as the successors to Rome because Eirene, a woman whose history is also very interesting, had taken the throne), Charlemagne’s ancestors would go to rule most of Christian europe for another century.” — EgoCibum