Charlemagne

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  • I need to unite all of the Germanic peoples into this one kingdom. We need to bring them all together through Christianity.
  • In order to carry out his mission to unite all of the Germanic peoples. He had to spend most of his time doing military campaigns. Shortly after becoming king he had conquered the Lombards, the Avars, and Bavaria.
  • Charlemagne waged a bloody, three-decades-long series of battles against the Saxons, a Germanic tribe of pagan worshippers, and earned a reputation for ruthlessness. In 782 at the Massacre of Verden, Charlemagne reportedly ordered the slaughter of some 4,500 Saxons. He eventually forced the Saxons to convert to Christianity, and declared that anyone who didn’t get baptized or follow other Christian traditions be put to death.
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