#25 Cologne in the Merovingian period – Who's talking about decline here? – The History of Cologne
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
Merovingian Family Tree
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.
The preserved remains of the east gate of the Roman fort:
2 thoughts on “#25 Cologne in the Merovingian period – Who’s talking about decline here?”
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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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!