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Francia, also called the Kingdom of the Franks, was the largest post-Roman kingdom in Western Europe. After the Treaty of Verdun in 843, it split into West, East and Middle Francia.

History

In 481, the Roman province of Gaul was established as the Kingdom of Francia, five years after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. In 768, Charlemagne, a member of the Order of the Ancients, ascended to the throne.[1]

The Frankish capital of Paris was a target for two important raids in the Viking expansion across Europe. The first was an invasion led by the legendary Swedish king Ragnar Lothbrok in 845, resulting in the plunder and occupation of the city, which only came to an end when Charles the Bald gave the invaders 7,000 livres of silver and gold.[2] The second would involve a much larger raiding force of 30,000 to 40,000 Vikings under the command of Rollo. During the raid, Raven Clan shieldmaiden Eivor Varinsdottir managed to infiltrate the city and form alliances inside.[3] Charles the Fat eventually allowed the raiders to sail up the River Seine to raid Burgundy to avoid a complete sacking of the city.[4]

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