The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 05

From Charlemagne to Frederick Barbarossa

Published: 1905
Language: English
Wordcount: 152,287 / 450 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.7
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 571
Added to site: 2008.08.19
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Genre: History
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This volume covers A.D. 843-1161.

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nst the Huns. After their first elected king had been soundly beaten by one of his dukes, he died, and in their next choice they had the luck to light upon a leader really great. Henry the Fowler, more honorably known as Henry the City-builder,[9] taught them how to defeat their foe.

[Footnote 9: See Henry the Fowler Founds the Saxon Line of German Kings.]

Much to the disgust of his simple and war-hardened comrades, he first sent to the Hungarians and purchased peace and paid them tribute. Having thus secured a temporary respite, Henry encouraged and aided his people in building walled cities all along the frontier. He also planned to meet the invaders on equal terms by training his warriors to fight on horseback. He instituted tournaments and created an order of knighthood, and is thus generally regarded as the founder of chivalry, that fairest fruit of mediaeval times, which did so much to preserve honor and tenderness and respect for womankind.[10]

[Footnote 10: See Growth

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