The Merovingian Kingdoms, 450-751
The centuries immediately following the collapse of Roman rule in what is now France are an extraordinarily tangled time that is frequently dismissed as no more than a chaotic prelude to Charlemagne and the Carolingian Dynasty. Ian Wood's aim is to demonstrate that there was more to Merovingian France than fratricidal kinglets, murderous queens, corrupt bishops and otherworldly monastic saints.
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According Ages Annales Mettenses Priores apparently appointed Aquitaine aristocracy associated Austrasia authority bishop brother Brunhild Burgundians Burgundy Carolingians certainly chapter Charles Childebert Chilperic Chlothar Chronicle Church claim Clovis Columbani concerned considerable cont continued Council court Dagobert daughter death Decem Libri Historiarum despite died Diplomata early ecclesiastical episcopal established estates evidence fact Francia Frankish Franks Fred Fredegar further Gaul Gesta granted Gregory Gregory of Tours Gregory's Guntram hand important indication influence involved Italy Jonas king kingdom known land late later letters Liber Historiae Francorum major Merovingian monastery monastic murder narrative Neustria Nevertheless original parents Paris particular Passio perhaps period Pertz Pippin political position possible probably problems queen records references reign relations result Roman royal rule saint seems seen seventh century Sidonius Sigibert significant sixth sons sources subsequently suggest Theudebert Theuderic took tradition Visigoths Vita Wood