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Charlemagne Destroys A Pagan Idol

Charlemagne destroys a pagan idol, (1936). 'Sturz Der Irmensäule Durch Karl Den Grossen', 772 AD. According to medieval sources, Charlemagne, King of the Franks (742-814 AD) destroyed an Irminsul (a sacred pillar-like object) during the Saxon Wars. Irminsuls played an important role in Germanic paganism. Charlemagne carried out a policy of forcilble Christianization on penalty of death. From "Bilder Deutscher Geschichte", (Pictures of German History), No.12, cigarette card album. [Cigaretten-Bilderdienst, Altona-Bahrenfeld, Hamburg, Germany, 1936]. Artist Unknown. (Photo by The Print Collector via Getty Images)
Charlemagne Destroys A Pagan Idol
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