Vikings in West Francia / Vikings season 3 & 4
The First Viking attack on Paris in 845
Rolf the Ganger, or Rollo raided the region of Neustria in 877.
The King Charles died in 877 and left the city in a chaotic state. As a result, several different rulers’ unsuccessfully reigned for short periods and all failed to create a defense against the raging Vikings. At last, in 884, the King of Germany and Italy Charles the Fat took the throne of Frankia.
The Second Viking Siege of Paris 885-886
Rollo returned to the lands of Frankia in 911.
West Francia in the 9th century
, also known as
Charles II Charles the Bald was the King of West Francia ( 843-77), King of Italy (875–77) and Holy Roman Emperor (875–77, as Charles II). He’s the grandson of Charlemagne. Charles succeeded by the Treaty of Verdun (843) in acquiring the western third of the Carolingian Empire.
Charles the Bald fought against the
Vikings, who devastated the country of the north, the valleys of the Seine and Loire. At the Vikings’ successful siege and sack of Paris in 845 and several times thereafter Charles was forced to purchase their retreat at a heavy price. Charles led various expeditions against the invaders and, by the Edict of Pistres of 864, made the army more mobile by providing for a cavalry element, the predecessor of the French chivalry. He also ordered fortified bridges to be put up at all rivers to block the Viking incursions. Two of these bridges at Paris saved the city during its siege of 885–886 . Continue reading “Vikings season 3-4 / West Francia”