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Marcomer (Franks) des Francs (bef. 0388 - aft. 0388)

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Marcomer "Marcomir, King of The Sicambri" [uncertain] des Francs [uncertain] formerly Franks aka de Toxandrie
Born before [location unknown]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
Died after [location unknown]
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Categories: European Aristocracy Unconnected Profiles.

Gregory of Tours

"Sulpicius Alexander ... adds: 'At that time the Franks burst into the province of Germany under Genobaud, Marcomer, and Sunno, their dukes, and having broken through the boundary wall they slew most of the people and laid waste the fertile districts especially, and aroused fear even in Cologne.'[11][1]

Fictional Pedigree

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  • Marcomer, does *NOT* have a son named Faramundus (Pharamond). Pharmond is a fictional character of the Liber Historiae Francorum," (c.727).[12][1]
  • Marcomer did not marry or father, Ildegonde.

See this brief commentary of a fictional pedigree. Apparently it tries to build a pedigree on a combination of Biblical and other ancient texts.[13] To understand where the tree is going ... Griswald (2004), explains that:

"What is surprising is the number of different threads that exist from Abraham into Western Europe and the different paths they take. Several different threads are intertwined in the Merovingian families of Francia. Two pass from Egypt through Ireland into either Wales or Scotland. A third line comes directly from the Exilarchs (the leaders of the Jewish community in exile after the Diaspora) in Babylon. This thread goes directly into what is now southern France, where descendants married into the noble families of the region. "

For the curious... the fictional tree technically terminates with the Biblical Abraham and Sarah, at the top; and Clovis I at the bottom.[14][2]


  • Gregory of Tours citing Sulpicius Alexander[15]

  1. 1.0 1.1
    "Liber Historiae Francorum," (c.727), talks about Marcomer, and Sunno (both commanders during 388 AD; and according to Pope Pious --living 1400s -- said to be sons of Priam and Atenor). The book invents a son for Marcomer, Faramundus "Pharamond".[1]).[2][3][4][5] This source is noted for its unreliability. In Marcomer's case, it's even more true since Gregory of Tours is the only secondary source... and he doesn't mention parents.
  2. also see the fictional, "Marcomir IV, King of the Franks,"[6] and note that this alleged lineage relates back to Pope Pius' list of the 1400s (which quotes the myth concocted by the Liber Historiae Francorum),[7] ... which is often repeated in various lists of saint's alleged pedigrees, and later royal genealogies (see examples:[8][9][10]). These are highly speculative, considering the very short commentary of Gregory of Tours, who cites an older source by Sulpicius Alexander.... which no longer exists.

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On 4 Oct 2015 at 16:46 GMT Bree Ogle wrote:

I went with this one since it was the lowest ID ... but in truth, history only left us scraps about this battle field commander. Supposedly, he's a Frank ... but there's no primary source to support it. So it's really up to the leaders to make the LNAB call. ... It's also the case that nobody knows what title(s) Marcomer had... not even Gregory of Tours. So "duke, king, etc." or last names... is speculation.

Food for thought... how can this profile be tweaked enough to catch duplicates, and legendary Marcomers?

On 4 Oct 2015 at 04:20 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

Which is the real Marcomer ? What's the real Marcomer's ID ? Thanks

On 2 Oct 2015 at 19:51 GMT Bree Ogle wrote:

Merging away fictional profiles of Marcomer, i.e. -- Maromer I, II, II, IV, etc... into the real Marcomer (living 388 AD).

On 30 Mar 2015 at 02:59 GMT Betty (Lockwood) Warner wrote:

death may have been at: Cologne, Koln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

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