Wall charts, history and European Identity

EU Culture Programme; Education and Culture DG

Widukind

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Series:

Wachsmuth: Führer und Volk. (Neue) Bilder zur deutschen und großdeutschen Geschichte

Timeframe:

Mittelalter

Scene of action:

Unknown

Illustrator:

Petersen, W. / Radig, W.

Publisher:

Wachsmuth, F. E., Leipzig

Year of publication:

1936

Themes:

War    Religion    European history   

The picture shows Widukind (also Wittekind), who sparked the war against the Franks in 778 A.C. As leader of the Saxons he fought against Charlemagne, king of the Franks and against the Christian faith until the year 785 A.C., when he agreed to be baptized as part of a peace-treaty. Depicted are Widukind’s troops gathering in front of Widukind’s house and prepared for the battle. They are armored with lances, swords and helmets. In the top right corner of the entrance you can see rightwards angled swastikas, who in former Germanic times did not yet possess any specific political meaning but were symbolized the sun gear or the hammer of Thor.