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Unformatted text preview: Merovingian - Dynasty of kings that ruled the Franks, a Germanic tribe, from 481 to 751. The kings were descendants of the chief of the Salian Franks, Merovech or Merowig, who ruled from 448 to 458, and took their name from him. The first Merovingian ruler was Clovis I, grandson of Merovech. Clovis expanded the kingdom to include most of what is now France and part of Germany; when he died in 511 his four sons divided the kingdom, and the four parts united, divided, and reunited in subsequent years. The last strong Merovingian monarch was the son of Clotaire II, Dagobert I, who ruled from 629 to 639; after his reign, the kingdom became decentralized as noble families took control of the land, ruling it under a feudal system. Of these families, the Carolingians became the most powerful, and in 751 one of them overthrew the...
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08