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Unformatted text preview: This period has been viewed unfavorably in comparison to the years of Clovis and immediately after. Called the era of 'decadent and do-nothing kings' -- rois faineants in French historiographical parlance--or a period of young-dying, 'simple-minded', 'mentally-affected' kings, the dizzying political narrative contains important trends, and demonstrates not a break from Clovis, but extension of dynamics of those years: 1) The political center of Christian Europe continued to move to Northeastern Gaul, as this region's fiscal-cultural link to the Mediterranean was sundered. 2) Plunder, by kings, counts and occasional invaders continued apace. 3) The Roman-period financial, political, and physical infrastructure disappeared further. More than that, certain processes with roots in the 510s become more aggravated. First is the Frankish approach to royal succession and territories. Like other Germans, franks felt it unjust if Frankish approach to royal succession and territories....
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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