But I digress. This article is about honoring the Frisian king, Radbod. Some sources have him listed as a duke, but I prefer the title of king for our martyr. Radbod was the king of the lands known as Frisia, located in modern day France, from about 680 until his death in 719. King Radbod succeeded King Aldegisel, who, according to some sources was his father. He fought to keep his kingdom independent, ( I love that word ), from the Frankish kingdom, and free from the Christian religion. His father, King Aldegisel supposedly accepted the new religion into his kingdom, but his son Radbod would have none of it !
King Radbod had some early successes, even defeating Charles Martel at Cologne. Later however, in 689, he was defeated, by King Pippin, at the battle of Dorestad, and lost West Frisia to the Merovingian Kingdom. When Pippin died in 714, Radbod gathered his army again and went on the offensive. He made it as far as Cologne, where he defeated the before mentioned Charles Martel, in 716.
In the long run however, Charles Martel prevailed , and the Frisians had to give up the fight. At the end of his life he tried to assemble another army, which terrified all of France, but was unsuccessful. Even after his death his successors tried in vain to fight the Christian Frankish devils, but with little success. They could not defeat the Franks, and later Charlemagne destroyed the last of the old religion, and its followers in France.
Radbod fought long and hard for his people, and even in old age tried to restore his ancestral land, the old ways, and his Pagan Gods and Goddesses. It is for this great defiance against a superior power that we honor this great king, leader, and patriot to his people and his Gods. I know that he is seated on the benches of Valhalla, right next to our other great heroes and martyrs. We honor you King Radbod, on August 9th, this year, and every year. I raise my horn in honor of you great king ! Skal !