|Charlemagne crowned by Pope Leo III|
The 25th of December was an easy day to remember, and some rulers after Charlemagne used it as the official start to their reigns.
In 1066, William the Conqueror of Normandy was crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey in London, having waited well over a month since defeating his enemies and establishing his rule.
Baldwin of Boulogne (c.1058-1118), one of the leaders of the First Crusade, was chosen to rule Jerusalem after the death of his brother, Godfrey of Bouillon. Godfrey refused the title "King," believing it was inappropriate for anyone other than Jesus Christ to be styled "king" of Jerusalem. Godfrey died in July 1100. Baldwin had no trouble either calling himself "King of Jerusalem" or driving the lesson home by being crowned in Jerusalem on the day celebrating Christ's birth.
|Baldwin takes the crown of Jerusalem|
Christmas Day is a day we associate with gifts. For some people in history, Christmas "gifts" were on a much grander scale.