Europe ca. 476 CE

Map Europe 476
Picture: Germanic Kingdoms in Europe after the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

Although the Germans were certainly less sophisticated than their contemporary Romans, Greeks, Egyptians or even the neighbouring Celts, which to the Mediterranean world were already considered barbarians, they were to some degree responsible for the fall of the Western Roman Empire. The Kingdoms which they built upon the ruins of the Imperium gave Europe a new face which can still be recognized today in countries such as France, which was the kingdom and later the Empire of the Franks under Charlemagne (as was Germany) or England, literally the country of the Angles, a tribe from northern Germany which conquered England from the Romano-Britons together with the Saxons, Jutes and Frisians.

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