The History of Cologne Podcast is a podcast that tells the story of the Germany’s fourth largest city (1.05 million people) and its 2,000 year long history. A triweekly schedule for episodes covering all eras from Roman times to current events.
A Frankish Intermezzo
The Franks conquered Cologne in 355 – How will Rome react?
Cologne, in the beginning of the year 356 The Franks plundered and conquered Cologne. Thus, the northern border of the Roman Empire is open wide for the Germanic enemies. How did it come about that the city could be conquered at all, although it had such mighty stone walls. And how did the Roman central power react to the fall of its colony on the Rhine? You can find out in this episode. Frankish rule was not to last long in Cologne, but it clearly showed the weakness of the Roman Empire. A young aspiring Roman general named Julian sets out to restore Rome’s rule in Cologne and throughout Gaul.