“Dann sind wir Helden…”

There, from the hilltop, I beheld the valley deep,
Where brave King Lothar crushed his foes
As they took flight across the little stream.

On Charles’ side, on Louis’ side as well,
The ground grows white with shrouds to cloak the dead,
Just as in autumn, when fields grow white with birds.

– Angelbert, survivor of the battle of Fontenoy, A.D. 841

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