#25 Cologne in the Merovingian period – Who’s talking about decline here?

#25 Cologne in the Merovingian period – Who's talking about decline here? The History of Cologne

Cologne in the Merovingian period (6.-8. century). The people of Cologne continued to prosper as the Frankish Empire grew during this time. The dynasty established by Chlodwig ruled over the Franks and their conquered territories in Gaul. We will take a look at society, language, economy, Frankish suburban settlements, and an attack by the Saxons against Deutz.

Division of Clovis’ (Chlodwig’s empire) after his death in 511

Cologne in the Merovingian period (6.-8. century). The people of Cologne continued to prosper as the Frankish Empire grew during this time. The dynasty established by Chlodwig ruled over the Franks and their conquered territories in Gaul.

Everything in color was conquered and ruled by Clovis up until his death in 511. Then the empire was divided between his four sons. Cologne is in the east as titled here in the “Royaume de Theoderic I” Kingdom of Theoderic I

Division of the Merovingian-Frankish Empire in 511 (Clovis’ death), 561 death Chlothar I (a son of Clovis who had reunited the empire recently in 558) and 587 which started the Merovingian feud.

Merovingian Family Tree

Great overview by the Usefulcharts Youtube-Channel.

Lex Salica

Clovis dictating the Lex Salica. Miniature, 14th century.
Manuscript of the Lex Salica from the year 793.

Deutz nowadays

The Fort Deutz was plundered by the Saxons in the middle of the 6th century. While Cologne on the other side of the Rhine was spared.

Model of the Deutz fort on Kennedy-Ufer in Cologne-Deutz.

Von Michael Musto – Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=97599762

The preserved remains of the east gate of the Roman fort:

Kastell Deutz – Reste vom OsttorVon © Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons), CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34233233Kastell Deutz – Reste vom Osttor

The territory of the Saxons

The Saxons in the Early Middle Ages lived in nowadays northern Germany and parts of today’s Netherland. From here they would migrate to England or start raids to the South. Frankish Cologne is bordering right at the Saxon territory. Sorry for the bad quality I am no graphic designer after all 😀

Interactive City Map

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2 thoughts on “#25 Cologne in the Merovingian period – Who’s talking about decline here?

  1. It was great to hear the Old High German spoken. I took a guess at what you were saying before you translated it, and I was right! Only because I memorized the Modern High German version of the text during Lent (Fastenzeit) a few years ago. The episode was actually well organized considering the material you had to work with. Thanks always for your consistency, and for keeping up with your podcasts!

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    1. Well, then you are far more skilled in Old High German than I am. 😀 I really did not understand a word of it. 😀 Sometimes I have an episode that I call in my mind the “chaos episode” as for example the episode “All quiet in the West” where you just can scramble all the info but there is no red line available. Thank you, I personally listen to a ton of podcasts and I believe consistency and honesty are the key. I chose this in the podcasting world very unusual tri-weekly schedule because I knew I could keep up with the pace. Of course some episodes are easier to make and some are more difficult. And sometimes there is a week I have no time for it at all. But I stay confident that this is the right pattern to produce my episodes. Always nice to hear from you!

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