c.876 - 936
King of Germany

Henry, the Fowler, was chosen king of Germany by the Franks and Saxons, and he became the founder of the Saxon dynasty who ruled Germany from 919 until 1024.

After the East Frankish Caroling-ians became extinct in 911 Conrad of Franconia was chosen king by the notables of the kingdom. Henry I, as duke of Saxony, was designated by Conrad as his successor.

Henry regarded Germany a confederation of duchies rather than a nation. Besides Saxony and Franconia he fought successfully to bring Swabia and Bavaria into the confederation. He also struggled against the raiding Magyars and defeated them in 933. The king's last campaign added the territory of Schleswig to the German state.

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