Frisians, or Friesians, a Teutonic tribe that settled in what is now the Netherlands during the first century A.D. The tribe was first mentioned by the Roman historian Tacitus. In the seventh century the Frisians clashed with the Franks, another Teutonic tribe, and resisted Christianity. They accepted Frankish rule in the eighth century and became Christians. The inhabitants of Friesland, a province of the Netherlands, are still called Frisians. The Frisian language is still spoken in this region. The Frisian Islands are named for the old tribe.
The history of Europe is the story of many different peoples and cultures. Some peoples lagged behind, while others surged far ahead in the development of social, intellectual, and political institutions and ideas.
Imagine a mother telling her thirsty child not to sip water, but to swig some much safer beer instead. Could this scenario have really happened in medieval times?