14 Facts About Alemanni


In 496, the Alemanni were conquered by Frankish leader Clovis and incorporated into his dominions.

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Alemanni were first mentioned by Cassius Dio describing the campaign of Caracalla in 213.

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Whether or not the Alemanni had been previously neutral, they were certainly further influenced by Caracalla to become thereafter notoriously implacable enemies of Rome.

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Alemanni did not pursue the retreating remnants, leaving what was left of the German army and their dependents intact on the other side of the Rhine.

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Alemanni crossed the Rhine to forestall that event, a successful strategy.

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Alemanni were continually engaged in conflicts with the Roman Empire in the third and fourth centuries.

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The Alemanni were routed, forced back into Germany, and did not threaten Roman territory for many years afterwards.

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Kingdom of Alamannia between Strasbourg and Augsburg lasted until 496, when the Alemanni were conquered by Clovis I at the Battle of Tolbiac.

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Subsequently, the Alemanni formed part of the Frankish dominions and were governed by a Frankish duke.

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Alemanni established a series of territorially defined pagi on the east bank of the Rhine.

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We know that in the sixth century, the Alemanni were predominantly pagan, and in the eighth century, they were predominantly Christian.

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Alemanni spoke of the particular ruthlessness of the Alemanni in destroying Christian sanctuaries and plundering churches while the genuine Franks were respectful towards those sanctuaries.

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Agathias expresses his hope that the Alemanni would assume better manners through prolonged contact with the Franks, which is by all appearances, in a manner of speaking, what eventually happened.

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Unlike the later Christianization of the Saxons and of the Slavs, the Alemanni seem to have adopted Christianity gradually, and voluntarily, spread in emulation of the Merovingian elite.

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