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Did Charlemagne speak French?
Though as a Frankish king he was the ruler of what would have been modern-day France among other places, Charlemagne likely spoke Old High German, a language that gave way to the modern Teutonic tongue. Apart from his native language, the Holy Roman emperor also spoke Latin, which was the official language of the Church and government. It’s also claimed Charlemagne understood a bit of Greek, though to what extent is uncertain. He was unable to write it and his ability to read it has also been questioned.