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HIS 4a Lecture 7 The Franks

HIS 4a Lecture 7 The Franks - • peasants screwed •...

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10-17 The Franks • Franks formed significant political base • believe they were the descendants of a warrior hero • 2 Ruling families of the Franks • Merovingians (mid 5th c. - mid 8th c.) • Kings were more kings of people rather than kings of land • the Do-Nothing Kings • inheritance was equally divided among the sons • result was lots of kings in one place • unstable • tremendous violence • heirs fought against family for as much territory as possible
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Unformatted text preview: • peasants screwed • chaos, no rule of law • split in to provinces • Mayors of the palace (major domus) • fight it out amongst themselves • Carolingians (mid 8th c. - 10th c.) • the 1st Carolingians • Charles Martel (Charles the Hammer) • became the most powerful of the governors • his son, Pippin • how to justifiably get rid of the other fake kings • his grandson Charles • figures out a way to get the ball rolling...
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