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Conquer the Saxons
Use Charlemagne’s tactics to Crush your heathen enemies and build your magnificent empire Saxony, 772-804
Charlemagne expanded his empire through a series of successful military campaigns, with his conquest of Saxony one of the most crucial. The ruler believed it was his duty to spread Christianity across Europe and the Saxons continued to cross his borders to conduct raids on his lands, provoking his anger.
Charlemagne defeated a number of rebellions from those who resisted the conquest, led by the steadfast Saxon rebel leader Widukind. At the same time, he issued administrative reforms to bring Saxony into the Frankish Empire. In total, it took him over 30 years to fully consolidate his control over the region.
Fast, highly skilled and armed with throwing spears, Charlemagne’s cavalry troops quickly overpowered Saxons on the battlefield.
While the invading force were superior in a pitched battle, the Saxons employed insurgency tactics to resist Frankish occupation for years.
Though Charlemagne’s troops were better trained, both sides carried similar weapons: long swords, round shields and spears.
Not tot be confused with the Anglo-saxons of England, Charlemagne invaded continental Saxons who lived in north-western Germany.
Invade Saxon Territory
In retaliation for a raiding party crossing your border to sack and burn a church in Deventer, march on Saxony in January 772. Bring as large an army as you can muster, so that you can quickly capture and subjugate the region of Engria. Once this is secured, use this as a base of operations while continue your military campaign up to the Weser River.
Prepare for The long haul
While the Carolingian force is militarily superior, the Saxons won’t accept defeat easily — this campaign will take years to win. Take Saxon strongholds as you make your way through the territory as well as build your own fortresses, just as Charlemagne captured Ergesburg, the Saxons’ largest refuge castle, in 772 and later established Karlstadt.