The Dark Ages, 476-918

The Dark Ages, 476-918

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...first child. Like the Grand Lamas of Thibet, these wretched Merovings expired, with hardly an exception, just as they grew old enough to interfere in politics. As with the Lamas, so with the Franks, we cannot help suspecting that there was more in these sudden deaths than appears on the surface: it certainly was not to the interest of those about the persons of the kings that they should ever live long enough to assert their regal power. On the death of Dagobert, the Neustrians drew out from the monastery, where he had been placed in earliest infancy, the son of Childerich 1., the king whom Bodolin had slain in 673. The monk Daniel was saluted by the royal name of Chilperich, and raised on the shield: he was the first Meroving for eighty years who had reached manhood at the moment of his accession, being in his forty-third year. Chilperich, in spite of his monastic rearing--or perhaps in virtue of it--chilperich 11., turned out a far more vigorous personage than 7f-any of his relatives, and cannot be called one of the 'rois faineants.1 He continually took the field at the head of his Neustrians, and did his best to become their national champion. Unfortunately the times were against him. In 716 the Neustrian king and mayor marched together into Austrasia to make an end of the resistance alike of Plectrudis and of Charles. At the same time Radbod, the Frisian duke, pushed up the Rhine towards Koln. Charles offered battle to the invaders near that city, but was defeated, and forced to take refuge in the mountains of the Eifel. Chilperich then laid siege to Koln, and compelled Plectrudis and her party to acknowledge him as king, give up the royal treasure-hoard of Austrasia, and withdraw the boy Theudoald's claim to the mayoralty. more

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  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 331g
  • Memphis, USA, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236880382
  • 9781236880383