Category: Frankish Nobility

Categories: European Nobility

Francia or Frankia, also called the Kingdom of the Franks or Frankish Kingdom (Latin: Regnum Francorum), Frankish Empire, Frankish Realm or occasionally Frankland, was the territory inhabited and ruled by the Franks, a confederation of Germanic tribes, during Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.

The kingdom was founded by Clovis I, crowned first King of the Franks in 496. Under the nearly continuous campaigns of Pepin of Herstal, Charles Martel, Pepin the Short, Charlemagne, and Louis the Pious—father, son, grandson, great-grandson and great-great-grandson—the greatest expansion of the Frankish empire was secured by the early 9th century.

The tradition of dividing patrimonies among brothers meant that the Frankish realm was ruled, nominally, as one polity subdivided into several regna (kingdoms or subkingdoms). The geography and number of subkingdoms varied over time, but the particular term Francia came generally to refer to just one regnum, that of Austrasia, centred on the Rhine and Meuse rivers in northern Europe. Even so, sometimes the term was used as well to encompass Neustria north of the Loire and west of the Seine.


  • King of the Franks
  • 481–511 Clovis I
  • 613–629 Clotaire II
  • 629–639 Dagobert I
  • 751–768 Pepin the Short
  • 768–814 Charlemagne

Historical era was the Middle Ages.

  • Established in 481
  • Clovis I crowned first King of the Franks in 496
  • Charlemagne crowned Holy Roman Emperor on December 25, 800
  • Treaty of Verdun in 843

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