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Rough guide to the situation in 850

Rough situation at beginning of AD 850
Colour for East FranciaEast Francia
Colour for Hedeby areaHedeby area
Colour for Jelling KingdomJelling Kingdom
Colour for Ribe areaRibe area
Colour for West GeatlandWest Geatland

East Francia

The ruler of East Francia was King Louis II (Louis the German), who had ruled since 843 and would continue to do so until 876.

Hedeby area

The ruler of Hedeby area was King Horik I, who was probably the King of all the Danish areas. He definitely held sway over Hedeby as he built a church there sometime before 852. He was supportive of the East Frankish missionary Ansgar's mission into the land of the Swedes, although Horik himself refused to convert to Christianity.