posted on Apr, 20 2013 @ 05:35 AM
One observation I have is that "Frankish" doesn't always mean "French".
They originated from Germany, and by Charlemagne's time the realm covered both France and Germany, so that Charlemagne is a "founding king" in the
histories of both countries.
I'm inclined to think that St. Anselm, at least, was thinking of the Holy Roman Empire of his own time, based in Germany.
PS I had honestly forgotten that I replied to this thread before. I've only just noticed.
PPS Having looked up St John Vianney, I now realise that he must have been writing before the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 rather than during it. He
must have anticipated such a war because of the politics of the time, but he was, as I remarked above, quite wrong about the outcome.
edit on 20-4-2013 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)