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Old 08-04-2015, 08:42 PM   #650
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Clovis - King of the Franks ..
The Franks (Franci or gens Francorum) are historically first known as a group of Germanic tribes occupying land in the Lower and Middle Rhine in the 3rd century AD. Some Franks raided Roman territory, while other Frankish tribes joined the Roman troops in what was called Gaul (modern-day France). In later times Franks became military rulers of the northern part of Roman Gaul, and their ruler Charlemagne and his successors eventually were recognized as legitimate emperors of the Western Roman empire. In this way Romance speakers also came to be seen as "Franks" in some contexts..The Salian Franks lived on Roman-held soil between the Rhine, Scheldt, and Meuse rivers in what is now Belgium and the Netherlands. The kingdom was acknowledged by the Romans after 357 AD. Following the collapse of Rome in the West, the Frankish tribes were united under the Merovingians, who succeeded in conquering most of Gaul in the 6th century.. The Franks became very powerful after this.. The Merovingian dynasty, descendants of the Salians, founded one of the Germanic monarchies that replaced the Western Roman Empire. The Frankish state consolidated its hold over large parts of western Europe by the end of the eighth century, developing into the Carolingian Empire. This empire would gradually evolve into the state of France and the Holy Roman Empire...

The 2 earliest sources that describe the origin of the Franks are a 7th-century work known as the Chronicle of Fredegar and the anonymous Liber Historiae Francorum, written a century later. Neither of these works are accepted by historians as trustworthy, compared with Gregory of Tours's Historia Francorum, which was written in the 6th century..The author of the Chronicle of Fredegar claimed that the Franks came originally from Troy and quoted the works of Vergil and Hieronymous, but the Franks are not mentioned in those works, except in a general way by Hieronymous.. The chronicle describes Priam as a Frankish king whose people migrated to Macedonia after the fall of Troy. In Macedonia, the Franks then divided.. The European Franks reached Francia under King Francio, just as Romulus went to Rome..The major primary sources on the early Franks include the Panegyrici Latini, Ammianus Marcellinus, Claudian, Zosimus, Sidonius Apollinaris, and Gregory of Tours. The Franks are first mentioned in the Augustan History, a collection of biographies of the Roman emperors...

The Salians, who eventually became the Merovingians, were first mentioned by Ammianus Marcellinus, who described Julian's defeat of "the first Franks of all, those whom custom has called the Salians," in 358.. He promoted them to the status of fœderati within the Empire.. The 5th century Notitia Dignitatum lists their soldiers as Salii. Jordanes, in Getica mentions the Riparii as auxiliaries of Flavius Aetius during the Battle of Châlons in 451: "Hi enim affuerunt auxiliares: Franci, Sarmatae, Armoriciani, Liticiani, Burgundiones, Saxones, Riparii, Olibriones" ... The Riparii may not have been the Ripuarian Franks, as they do not appear for certain under that name until their final subjugation by Clovis I..Numerous small Frankish kingdoms existed during the 5th century around Cologne, Tournai, Le Mans, Cambrai, and elsewhere. The kingdom of Tournai eventually came to dominate its neighbours, probably because of its association with Aegidius, the magister militum of northern Gaul. A Frankish king, Childeric I, fought with Aegidius in 463: historians have assumed that Childeric and his son Clovis I were both commanders of the Roman military in the Province of Belgica Secunda and were subordinate to the magister militum...The unification achieved by the Merovingians ensured the continuation of what has become known as the Carolingian Renaissance.. The Carolingian Empire was beset by internicine warfare, but the combination of Frankish rule and Roman Christianity ensured that it was fundamentally united...'re gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!.. It really don't matter if this guy opens my head, either.. 'Cause all I wanna do is go the distance...
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