Category: Merovingian Dynasty

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Merovingian Dynasty

The Merovingians were a Salian Frankish dynasty that ruled the Franks for nearly 300 years in a region known as Francia in Latin, beginning in the middle of the 5th century CE. Their territory largely corresponded to ancient Gaul as well as the Roman provinces of Raetia, Germania Superior and the southern part of Germania. The Merovingian dynasty was founded by Childeric I (c. 457 CE –481 CE), the son of Merovech, leader of the Salian Franks, but it was his famous son Clovis I (481 CE – 511 CE) who united all of Gaul under Merovingian rule.

After the death of Clovis there were frequent clashes between different branches of the family, but when threatened by its neighbours the Merovingians presented a strong united front.

During the final century of Merovingian rule, the kings were increasingly pushed into a ceremonial role. The Merovingian rule ended in March 752 CE when Pope Zachary formally deposed Childeric III. Zachary's successor, Pope Stephen II, confirmed and anointed Pepin the Short, in 754 beginning the Carolingian monarchy.

The Merovingian ruling family were sometimes referred to as the "long-haired kings" (Latin reges criniti) by contemporaries, as their long hair distinguished them among the Franks, who commonly cut their hair short. The term "Merovingian" comes from medieval Latin Merovingi or Merohingi ("sons of Merovech"), an alteration of an unattested Old Dutch form, akin to their dynasty's Old English name Merewīowing, with the final -ing being a typical patronymic suffix.

This house is part of the Project:European_Royals_and_Aristocrats_Prior_to_742 on WikiTree.

House: Merovingian
  • [Merovingian-57|Clodius of France], legendary progenitor: [Wikipedia]
  • [Merovingian-54|Merovech of France], legendary founder
  • [Merovingian-49|Childeric I], first historical king of the dynasty: [Wikipedia]
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abt 0480 Lyon, France - abt 03 Jun 0545 photo

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abt 0530 Aquitaine, France

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aft 0700 Laon, Aisne, Picardie, France - aft 23 Jun 0720 photo

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aft 0464 Europe - aft 0493
abt 0560 Paris, Seine, France - bef 0616
0517 Soissons, Neustria - 07 May 0570 photo
abt 07 Mar 0569 Metz, Moselle, Lorraine, France - Dec 0595 photo
abt 0496 Rheims, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France - 13 Dec 0558 photo
0678 Kingdom of Neustria - 14 Apr 0711 photo
0436 Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - 26 Nov 0481 photo
abt 0519 , , France - bef 0561
abt 0655 Kingdom of Austrasia - 0675 photo
bef 0535 - bef 09 Oct 0584
abt 0393 Silva Carbonaria, Wallonia - abt 0450 photo
0495 Austrasia or Neustria - 0524
0634 Neustria, Belgium - abt Nov 0657 photo
abt 0678 Kingdom of Austrasia - 0695 photo

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0420 Cologne, Koln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - 0483
0584 Paris, France - abt 18 Oct 0629 photo
abt 0497 Rheims, Marne, Loire-Alantique, France - 29 Nov 0561 photo
0650 Kingdom of Neustria - 0673 photo
0502 Rheims, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France - 0531
0466 Rheims, Marne, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France - 27 Nov 0511 photo
abt 0610 Soissons, Kingdom of Austrasia, Francia - 19 Jan 0639 photo
aft 0652 Austrasia - 23 Dec 0679 photo
abt 0698 France - abt 31 Dec 0715
abt 0519 , , France - bef 0561
0532 Of, Orlbeans, France - 28 Mar 0593
0494 Rheims, Marne, Loire-Atlantique, France - 0494
abt 0415 - 0458 photo
abt 09 Oct 0630 Metz, Moselle, Lorraine, France - 01 Feb 0656 photo
abt 0535 Paris, Paris, Ile-de-France, France - abt 0575
0534 France - 0555 photo

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0485 Austrasie - 0534
abt 0712 Chelles, Seine-et-Marie, France - 0741
abt 0652 Neustria - 0691 photo
0504 Metz, Austrasie - 0548 photo
Dec 0586 Metz, Moselle, Lorraine, Austrasia - Dec 0612 photo

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abt 0724 France - 0804
bef 0656 - aft 0661

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abt 0480 Thuringia - 0529
abt 0438 Thüringen, Germany - abt 0470
abt 0460 Thueringen, Germany - 0529
abt 0510 Erfurt - 13 Aug 0587

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0575 Soissons, Aisne, Picardie, France - 0604
abt 0600 Moselle, Lorraine, France
abt 0550 Metz, Moselle, Lorraine, France - 0596
abt 0543 Montdidier ou Angicourt, Royaume de Soissons - abt 08 Dec 0597
abt 0585 - aft 0619




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