The authorities and statehood of the Germans

The authorities and statehood of the Germans

The highest authority of the Germans was popular assemblies. All adult men participated in them, except for those who showed themselves to be cowards in battle. People’s congresses elected a council of elders, who alone could solve only minor matters. The Germans also had Konungs and military leaders. The konungs became due to their origin, the leaders were chosen by the soldiers “for bravery.” Leaders recruited various loafers in military squads and committed robbery raids on their neighbors. The vigilantes squandered the ransacked property. Gradually the squads turned into a permanent army, which was the backbone of its leader. From the vigilante veterans, a service noble was formed over time.

In the V-VI centuries. The significance of the people’s assemblies and the council of elders among the Germans has diminished. At the same time, the authority of the kings increased. The kings began to stand out from the common people, even by their appearance. Thus, the kings of the Merovingians wore long hair, so the people were called “long-haired kings”.

Thus, during the collapse of the Roman Empire, the Germans already had social inequality and certain embryos of statehood. Therefore, the Germans were ready to unite with the Roman world.

Konung – the leader of the ancient Germans.


The authorities and statehood of the Germans