In modern times, we are familiar with the sovereign nations of Europe. But it was not always so. I have begun reading The Emergence of Western Society subtitled European and English History 300 – 1200 by Colin Davies.
The first chapter begins even earlier with a Roman Emperor whose name was new to me: Alexander Servius who was executed by the Roman army in 235. In this chapter he lists various tribes who were threats to the empire’s borders; and he mentions others as well. The second chapter introduced me to even more. Some of the names were familiar from other historical accounts but a number were new to me. Maybe serious history buffs would know about these ancient peoples. Wikipedia to the rescue. Here are some links to both the familiar and the unfamiliar.
|Francia expanded from Austrasia, established by the Merovingian dynasty|
Burgundians The Burgundians interest me because they occupied the area that is now Poland.
My head is spinning.