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(Lat. Merovingi). The Frankish dynasty of the Merovingians achieved its position, which finally enabled it to found the Kingdom of the Franks, in the late Roman army and military nobility. However, the family's dynastic awareness of its origins first took gradual shape in their ancestor Merovech's claim of kinship with the Frankish warrior-king Chlodio. The widespread assumption of sacred origin of the Merovingian dynasty is to be rejected [17].

In c. 463, the first historically tangible Merovingian, Merovech's son King Childerich († 481/2), stood at the head of an ex…

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Esders, Stefan (Bochum), “Merovingians”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 24 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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