The saxons also raid their neighbours relentlessly, further drawing the ire of their western overlords now charlemagne has been crowned king of the franks, his attention has turned to rebellious saxon attitudes, and their unacceptable adherence to paganism. Charlemagne vs the saxons among charlemagne's conquests were the saxons this group, who had settled in europe and on the british isles, spoke the teutonic language at the root of modern english. 1 charlemagne's saxon wars in the primary sources there are many sources for the reign and military campaigns of charlemagne of these the royal frankish annals and the revised royal frankish annals give us the most information on carolingian warfare beside these, the lorsch annals and einhard.
The war of charlemagne against the saxons was the first ominous example of a bloody crusade for the overthrow of heathenism and the extension of the church it was a radical departure from the apostolic method, and diametrically opposed to the spirit of the gospel. The saxon wars, also called the saxon war or saxon of deventer by a saxon expedition was the casus belli for the first war waged by charlemagne to the saxons 2-2-2014 was charlemagne justified in his actions. While all of this can be useful, most of this material is later than charlemagne, and, in the case of anglo-saxon england, bears upon a different country the only specifically military work which we have is a late-4th-century roman tract, de re militari , by vegetius.
Charlemagne and the saxon wars pt 2 - carolingian viking age v in this episode we conclude our discussion about the reign of charlemagne and his 30 year-long war against the saxons this time, we dive into the meat of the saxon wars, talking about the various campaigns, rebellions and mass executions which marked this brutal conflict. A series of fortresses, the 'saxon shore', has even been established to guard against them - a minor obstacle to a well-marshalled and determined saxon kingdom while the weather cools, the sun is rising on saxon fortunes. Charlemagne, brought into contact with the culture and learning of other countries (especially visigothic spain, anglo-saxon england, and lombard italy) due to his vast conquests, greatly increased the provision of monastic schools and scriptoria (centres for book-copying) in francia.
Charlemagne the tyrant why was charlemagne a tyrant he started a 30 year war with the saxons -ruthless, he waged a three decade (30 year) war with the saxons just because he loved to fight, and they (saxons) were a tribe of pagan worshipers -after he finally conquered them, he said the war was all. One of the most controversial theories in military history was that proposed by israeli scholar yitzak hen in 2006- that frankish king charlemagne's 30 year war against the saxon tribes amounted to a jihad by modern standards. In war, charlemagne was a ruthless leader for example, the war against the saxons, who were pagans, was marked by a great amount of bloodshed the conquered saxons were supposedly given the choice of either converting to christianity, or being put to the sword.
The saxons were among the last peoples of europe to retain their pagan gods, and charlemagne became determined to convert the saxons to christianity by any means necessary charlemagne's war with the saxons lasted 33 years, and in all, he engaged them in battle 18 times. In 799, charlemagne chased all the old saxon clans away and gave their lands to his own men more than 10 000 free people were exiled and made into serfs even the defeated saxon noblemen were made into serfs, and in this and many other ways the entire saxon population was thoroughly humiliated. And there where the old saxons which stayed in northern germany and stayed pagan and free until the war with charlemagne who wanted to unify his holy roman empire the fact that we have the state of lower saxony in the north and saxony in the south east is due to succession and things like that in the middle ages.
Charlemagne, brought into contact with the culture and learning of other countries (especially visigoth spain, anglo-saxon england, and lombard italy) due to his vast conquests, greatly increased the provision of monastic schools and scriptoria (centers for book-copying) in francia. The life of charlemagne [einhard] home worldcat home about worldcat help search search for library items search for lists search for saxon war --viii. A reenactment of charlemagne's invasion of saxony to force christianity upon the saxons done by nwc high school students adam powojski, xavier lassiter, mitch fox, greg lake, james duncan, mike.
It soon became apparent the war against the saxons would not go as smoothly as the first attack charlemagne's friend and biographer einhard complained: no war ever undertaken by the frankish people was more prolonged, more full of atrocities or more demanding of effort. During his italian campaigns charlemagne also declared war against the saxons, who had menaced the northeastern frontier of francia for several generations begun in 772, this cruel and bitter war was finally concluded in 804 by the annexation of saxony by francia and the enforced christianization of the saxon tribes.
No war taken up by the frankish people was ever longer, harder, or more dreadful 1 einhard, life of charlemagne, ch 7, p20 beginning in 772, charlemagne waged war against the saxons for more than thirty years. The saxon war continued, and 7,000 were deported in 794 charlemagne spent the winter there in 797-8, deporting every third saxon family, and the following year 1600 leaders were expelled pope leo iii was attacked by personal enemies in 799, and his face was cut. The saxon wars, also called the saxon war or saxon uprising (not to be confused with the saxon rebellion of 1073-75), were the campaigns and insurrections of the more than thirty years from 772, when charlemagne first entered saxony with the intent to conquer, to 804, when the last rebellion of disaffected tribesmen was crushed.