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When Charlemagne waged his first war against the Continental Saxons in 772, he did something different than his ancestors. He went after a pillar sacred to pagan peoples: the Irminsul.

Why target a religion in addition to strategic territory? I explore that question in my post about the monument’s destruction at Unusual Historicals.

Destruction of the Iminsul

1882 illustration by Heinrich Leutemann of the destruction of the Irminsul, public domain via Wikimedia Commons