- "I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne. 'Let my armies be the rocks and the trees and the birds in the sky'."
- ―Henry Jones, Sr.[src]
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.
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.
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
The quote that Henry Jones, Sr. attributes to Charlemagne is likely fictional.
- 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)
- 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