#29 Hildebold and Charlemagne – a lifelong friendship

#29 Hildebold and Charlemagne – a lifelong friendship The History of Cologne

A fateful encounter at the end of the 8th century. A young priest named Hildebold is celebrating mass in a small village church just outside the city of Cologne. A huntsman enters the church and is immediately taken by the priest's modesty and piety. What Hildebold does not know, however. This man is not a hunter. He is Charlemagne. Why does the King of the Franks disguise himself as a hunter here in Cologne? You will find out in this episode.

A fateful encounter at the end of the 8th century. A young priest named Hildebold is celebrating mass in a small village church just outside the city of Cologne. A huntsman enters the church and is immediately taken by the priest’s modesty and piety. What Hildebold does not know, however. This man is not a hunter. He is Charlemagne. Why does the King of the Franks disguise himself as a hunter here in Cologne? You will find out in this episode.

Charlemagne and Kunibert of Cologne become best friends in the 780s. With the king’s help Hildebold gets appointed as the new bishop of Cologne. Together they reform the Frankish Empire. The so-called Carolingian Renaissance would reform the Frankish Empire and the whole of Western Europe forever.

#45 Anno II – The great Builder and City Ruler of the 11th century The History of Cologne

Why did Anno II gouge out the eyes of all his jurymen in Cologne, according to legend? In the second half of the 11th century, Anno II ruled over the city of Cologne. With a lively building activity in the city, he is immortalized in the cityscape to this day. Also art, culture and trade prospered under his rule. And the veneration of St. George gave Anno unprecedented greatness here on the Rhine.
  1. #45 Anno II – The great Builder and City Ruler of the 11th century
  2. #44 The Coup of Kaiserswerth
  3. #43 The Rise and Fall of the Ezzonids or How a single family dominated Cologne in the 11th century
  4. Funfacts about Cologne – Summer Break Episode
  5. #42 A Day in Court at Cologne Cathedral in the 11th century – An Ugly Archbishop and the Beauty of the Cologne Penny
Bishop Hildebold on a mosaic in Cologne Cathedral

Charlemagne (Charles the Great)

Krieler Dömchen (Kriel Cathedral)

Pfalz in Cologne

Up until the 19th century everything was crowded with buildings. Since WW2 this is a square south of Cologne Cathedral where once stood the Pfalz (the emperor’s/king’s or (arch)bishop’s palace)

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