This is the third of the medieval history lectures. In the run-through of politics, I cover major political and power questions from the end of Rome to the end of the fifteenth century. This lecture talks about the Western Roman Empire’s successor states. I talk some about the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons in England and how their cultural heritage mixed with the Roman influences brought with Augustine of Canterbury. The second half of the lecture gives the general story of the rise of the Franks and the transfer of power from the Merovingians to the first real attempt to revive an “imperial” power under the Carolingians and their most famous king, Charlemagne.