1167 THE AGE OF CHARLEMAGNE-THE FIRST CARLOVINGIANS. 1167
bloody swords of the enraged pagans. The
Frankish forces met the insurgent barbarians
on the Rhenish frontier, and for three years
the struggle with them continued almost without cessation. Gradually, however, the superior discipline and equipment of .the Franks triumphed over the obstinacy of their enemy.
The revolted tribes fell back from the Rhine
and were driven to submission. Many of the
chiefs sought peace, and accepted reconciliation with the king on condition of professing
the Christian faith and receiving baptism.
Wittikind returned into Denmark; but the
politic Siegfried was now anxious for peace,
and the Saxon king was obliged for a season