Saturday, March 3, 2012

The French are German


I know what some of you must be thinking.

"Whaaat? French people aren't German, they're French! They speak a Romance language which derived from Latin, so if anything they're not German at all."

The truth of the matter is, I'm not suggesting that the French language is German, far from it actually. The point I'm trying to illustrate here is that the French people themselves are German, to put it mildly. They are descendants of a German tribe called the Franks which the Romans called the Franci. During the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Barbarian tribes were spread all throughout Europe. There were the Visigoths which settled later in modern Spain, and the Ostrogoths which were later intervened by another Germanic tribe called the Huns. The Vandals and the Lombards, the Angles and the Saxons had all been spread out in Europe and making their barbaric tribes renown. The Franks however inhabited the wealthy Roman provinces of Gual around the Rhine river and were one of the most powerful Germanic tribes out of all the ones mentioned above. Beginning with the Merovingian dynasty of barbarian rule in 5th century heralded by Clovis I and his kingdom's conversion to Christianity, all the way down to the glorious days of Charlemagne in 814-the Franks would usher in what is now deemed to be called Francia the kingdom of France. There are many differences between the Germans and the Latins in respect to the Dark Ages. France is a great example of that. The Germanic kingdom that would later in history adopt Roman/Latin idealism and customs.

4 comments:

  1. Good read, never knew that! I thought they were separate nationalities always.

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  2. I knew that the French were originally German or the other way around, but now I have that bit more knowledge.

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