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.