subduing, and taking over Saxon lands
What was Widukind's relationship to the Church. He was forced to convert, but was that also "voluntary" in that he had a vision and saw the light? Did it stick either way. Was he banished to a monastery to get him out of the way of Charlemagne once and for all, or did he seek to go in order to be devout? Is that his body in the Church at Enger. Why is he made a Saint? To absorb, spin and defuse? He is said to have ridden a dark horse before his conversion and a white horse after. Why decides if that is so, and what it signifies, if anything.
Germany is as full of whimsy as it is the serious, so some things we will never know, and there is noone to ask.
King of Saxons, or Chieftain, depending on representation of costume, projections of others about their own political systems that necessitated hereditary authority figures. Some say that the Saxons were decentralized, which drove the Romans crazy. Leaders appeared as the disparate groups were threatened, then melted back into their own groups when there was a breather. Who was the leader here?
Finally, one set of tales tell, Charlemagne asked 4500 of his Saxon prisoners of war, who are your leaders? They would not identify only a few. They all saw themselves as responsible. Charlemagne had them all beheaded in one day, at Sachsenhain, near Verden, not fat. Is that so?
Legends of Widukind. These grow, morph. This version also appeared in a children's book for the 10 year age group here in our Library. Interesting. Even there, Charlemagne's choice was seen as a terrible reflection on him. Widukind: who would not say he converted, faced with that kind of consequence. Did he really? Tooth fairy and rewriting history to suit the winner's dogma. Is that so?