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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 Muslim expansion in Europe
  • Dagobert I - one of the last powerful Merovingian kings, and the first king buried in the royal tombs at St. Denis.