Carantania, before 895 Slovenia, 1200-1500

Slovenia : Early Middle Ages, 895-1200

In 895 the Magyars arrived in the Pannonian plain. A nomadic people, they made Hungary's rich pastures their homeland; from here they conducted raids into central and western Europe. For many years the German kings paid tribute to them, until a German army defeated the Magyars (Hungarians) in the BATTLE OF LECHFELD in 955.
For the time 895 to 955, Austria and Carantania fell victim to the Magyars (Hungarians); the previous political and ecclesiastical administration collapsed. After 955, both had to be reestablished. The Patriarchate of Aquileja and the Archdiocesis of Salzburg competed over mission territory in Slovenia, until the matter was decided by an Imperial judgment, which fixed the Drava (Drau) River as border line. The Slovenian territories were MARCH, i.e. borderland.
The older Duchy of Carantania disintegrated; new territorial units emerged, among them the Duchies of Styria, Carinthia, Carniola, the Counties of Cilli and Gorizia.

Ivan Tomasic, Veneti are the Beginning of the Slovenian Nation
A Brief History of Slovenia, by Stane Granda
REFERENCE F.W. Putzger, Historischer Atlas zur Welt- und Schweizer Geschichte, Aarau : Sauerlaender 9th edition (1954) 1975

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