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p. 121. Roman Empire and German kingdom

from Charlemagne to the Ottonianslocked

  • Joachim Whaley


‘Roman Empire and German kingdom: from Charlemagne to the Ottonians’ describes the period of time after the decline of the Roman Empire and the establishment of the Germanic tribes of the Franks on its north-western periphery through to the reign of Henry of Bavaria, whose death in 1024 ended the Ottonian dynasty. Charlemagne’s reign and the Carolingians are described, followed by the eastern kingdom of the Franks, which under the rule of the sons of Louis the German (r. 843–76) developed a distinct sense of identity. The Saxon-German kingdom; the kingdom of Italy; Otto I’s imperial rule in Germany; and the new aspirations of Otto II and Otto III are also outlined.

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