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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