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Unformatted text preview: This plays into the second trend of the seventh to mid-eighth century: the internalization of violence within Frankish borders. With the Saxon and Thuringian revolts in the 550s and the death of Clothar I in 561, the limits of Frankish external expansion had been reached. As is the case in most recently settled societies based on booty-accumulation and governed by still semi- nomadic values, violence turned inward. Therefore, Merovingian history has been called "despotism tempered by assassination." This coincided with weaker kings who were themselves locked in fratricidal strife for the same reasons, such that what central administration as had previously existed went through a two-fold modification. First, kings themselves were no longer the principles in administration. Mayors took over this function, first as royal agents in the palace. This was related to the second part. These mayors were increasingly effective because of palace....
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