On this day September 4th, 1024 a mere 6 weeks after the death of Emperor Henry II, the German magnates elect Konrad “the Elder” from the noble family of the Salian Franks to be king.

His election was more than a surprise given his relative modest personal wealth and at best tangential relationship to the previous imperial family. However, Konrad II turned out to be a very effective ruler who managed to rapidly consolidate his reign.

If you like to hear more about Konrad II and the time of the Salians, check out Season 2 of the History of the Germans Podcast, available on Spotify, Apple podcasts and wherever you get your Podcasts from.