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The term '''Merovingian''' refers to a line of [[Frank]]ish [[king]]s who ruled central [[Europe]] in the [[6th century|6th]], [[7th century|7th]], and [[7th century|7th]] centuries. They occupy almost a transitional role from earlier [[Germanic]] tribal rule to the [[feudal]] system and [[Roman]]-influenced [[medieval]] law.
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The term '''Merovingian''' refers to a line of [[Frank]]ish [[king]]s who ruled central [[Europe]] in the [[6th century|6th]], [[7th century|7th]], and [[8th century|8th]] centuries. They occupy almost a transitional role from earlier [[Germanic]] tribal rule to the [[feudal]] system and [[Roman]]-influenced [[medieval]] law.
 
The dynastic successors to the Merovingians were the [[Carolingian]]s.
 
The dynastic successors to the Merovingians were the [[Carolingian]]s.
   

Revision as of 11:14, 11 October 2006

The term Merovingian refers to a line of Frankish kings who ruled central Europe in the 6th, 7th, and 8th centuries. They occupy almost a transitional role from earlier Germanic tribal rule to the feudal system and Roman-influenced medieval law. The dynastic successors to the Merovingians were the Carolingians.


Famous Merovingian kings include:

  • Clovis - founder of the Merovingian dynasty
  • Charles Martel - legendary leader who is credited with halting Muslin expansion in Europe
  • Dagobert I - one of the last powerful Merovingian kings, and the first king buried in the royal tombs at St. Denis.