While the rest of the Frankish Empire was building castles and tried to make it to knighthood–not so with the Frisians. They would have none of it and instead chose Democracy within the Empire. In the 9th century! And their democratic self-rule lasted for centuries.
In this epic episode I try to end this miniseries on Germans and Romans. Which covering the Goths, Vandals, Burgundias, and sackings of Rome. This episode now brings us right into the Early Middle Ages.
A look at Rome’s defense over time with special guest co-host, Jamie Redfern. Jamie wrote his MA thesis on Roman tactics in exactly the time period we’re looking at. Besides that he’s the host of several history podcasts on Alexander, Hannibal, the Arab Spring, and currently the History of the United States and it’s membership feed currently covering the Aztecs. In fact he’s a full-time history podcasters, so you know he does it right! (membership is only $5 a month 😉 )
We introduce the Goths, the Huns, and pave the way for the small Germanic Kingdoms within the (soon-to-be-former) Roman Empire.
Germanic peoples were influenced by Rome for centuries. A brief look at German romanization before the Great Migration Period.
In this episode I use Trier and Augsburg as examples of Romanization in what is today Germany.
Steven Guerra from the History of the Papacy podcast joins me for a look at the conversion of the Germanic peoples to Christianity.
We give Wulfilas as an example, and will come back to this topic later.
Christianity was a big step in Romanizing, it’s worth it to take a closer look.
How Germans before Christianity lived, used runes, worshiped.
The greatest Roman defeat of all time. And it was brought on by the Germans.
The first two bridges over the Rhine were built by Caesar. The Rhine river was fast becoming a real border for the Roman Empire. This is how that border that still exists today began.