Retrospective on Frankish Cologne

Cologne’s Frankish era is often overlooked. Yet this period was just as long as the Roman era. A whole 500 years! You can look back, but of course you can also look forward.

How did the young Byzantine princess Theophanu become the richest woman in Europe at only 12 years old at the end of the 10th century? And how did she become the most powerful woman in Europe at the age of 24, with far-reaching effects on European history? In this episode, we will look at her breathtaking life and, of course, at the end, what all this actually has to do with Cologne itself.
  1. Theophanu
  2. How Archbishop Bruno changed the face of Cologne forever – until today
  3. Retrospective on Frankish Cologne
  4. The Archduke of Cologne
  5. From the Empire of the Franks to the Land of the Germans

Heumarkt square

King Sigibert of Cologne

By © Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons), CC BY-SA 4.0,

Important (Arch-)bishops of Cologne

Bishop Kunibert (623 – after 648?)

Von © Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons), CC BY-SA 4.0,

Archbishop Hildebold (787-818)
Bruno I. (953-965)


Even after a thousand years, Napoleon wanted to be like Charlemagne
with Charlemagne’s name on the ground in Latin (Karolas Magnus)

From ancient Slavery to medieval serfdom

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