"I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne. 'Let my armies be the rocks and the trees and the birds in the sky'."
Charlemagne (meaning Charles the Great) was an eighth-century king of the Franks, who unified much of western and central Europe, and forced its conversion to Christianity. He was also known for a revival of art and culture through the Church.
Biography[edit | edit source]
It was said that Charlemagne possessed a scepter with the power to control the minds of men that he used to forge his empire which ended up in the family heirlooms of a band of gypsies staying in a clearing near Budapest.
According to a group of French scholars looking for their own national version of Excalibur, Charlemagne inherited a magical, shape-shifting blade used by Julius Caesar during his Gaulish campaigns. After Charlemagne's usage, it was said, Joan of Arc wielded the sword.
Legacy[edit | edit source]
In 1938, while being pursued by Nazi fighter planes, Henry Jones, Sr. remembered a quote by Charlemagne, and applied it literally, using his umbrella to drive the seabirds into the air, damaging the plane and causing it to crash.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
The quote that Henry Jones, Sr. attributes to Charlemagne is likely fictional.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles – "Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues" → Mystery of the Blues (Mentioned only)
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Mentioned only)
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade novel (Mentioned only)
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade comic (Mentioned only)
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Dynasty (Non-fiction source)
- Raiders of the Lost Ark Sourcebook
- Indiana Jones and the Lands of Adventure
- Indiana Jones Artifacts
- Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide
- The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones