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Alegria Bermeo Who were the Franks? Franks were a group of people of great importance in Europe. This group of people lived in Gaul and were part of the Germanic tribes which were characterized because of its decentralization, pagan religion, speaking different languages, and don’t having a proper education. But afterwards, one of the leaders of the Germanic tribes named Clovis which was part of the Merovingian Dynasty started making a process of change in the tribes uniting all of them and changing the religion to Christianity. The Franks didn’t know much about Islam or the Muslim culture when CharlesMartel, the first leader of the Carolingian Dynasty, face them on the battle of tours and could actually defeat them stopping the stop of the Islam culture in Europe and allowed Christianity to spread. Afterwards, other leaders of this dynasty such as Pepin the Short which gave land to the church and shifted the loyalty from the Byzantines to the Franks making the empire spread. Also, another leader named Charlemagne did great achievements on the Franks Empire such as uniting and expanding the empire, investing in public good and education, making equal power for everybody at the empire, and starting the Holy Roman Empire. The Franks had a period of time of a lot of Golden Ages and good things. As the Franks had Golden Ages, they also suffered a decline and Dark Ages. This happened when the sons of Louis the Pious, after he died, divide the empire into the 3 parts one for each son. The result of this was that there were a lot of invasions so they couldn’t defend their empire anymore. So, system called feudalism was created. This was a system of exchange in which local communities had self-sufficiency. In each of this communities existed a local pope, king, vassals, knights, peasants and serfs. By making this system, even though they passed thru difficult times, eventually the invasions stopped and system became efficient. After years passed and the Franks were established, they received a letter from the Byzantines. In this letter the Byzantines explained that they needed help and protection from them, otherwise the Muslims will attack them and their empire will end. Therefore, a decision was made by the Franks. Pope Urban II decided to protect the Byzantines and he tells all the people that the persons that will go to war, as a result will reach salvation. This way most of the people in the empire went to war starting the period of time known as the Crusades.

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The Crusades: Frankish Perspective  

Throughout this short magazine readers will be able to get informed about everything of the crusades from the Europeans (franks) point of vi...

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