King of the Franks and first
Merovingien king. The Franks, under Clovis I,
defeated the Romans in Gaul. He was converted to
Christianity in 496 and formed a strong
with the church, making him the most powerful of the Franc kings.
That year he also conquered the
in what is now Alsace, making the area a Frankish duchy. In
486, Clovis I defeated the Romans at
Soissons where he established his capital. In 498 he made
Reims the spiritual and political center of France. In 507 he
he drove the Visigoths out of
Angoulême and in 508 he
Paris and made it his capital. His sons were Theuderic I,
Chlodomer, Childebert I and Chlotar I.
Son of Clovis I; King of Soissons from 558; the King of all
Franks; His sons were Charibert I, Guntram, Chilpéric
I and Sigebert I; There was widespread disorder;
Feudalism became entrenched; The power of the Catholic church
I (Son of Clovis I)
(Son of Clovis I)
I [561-567] Eldest son of Clovis I and Clotilda; Upon Clovis I's death
Childebert received lands in northwestern France; Upon his death, his
brothers Theuderic I, Chlodomer and Chlotar I shared his
lands. Childebert built Saint-Germain-des-Prés in
Paris; He had no sons.
Son of Chlotar I; King of Bourgogne; After death of
Sigebert I, in 575, he protected the interests of Sigebert
I's son Childebert II and adopted him; In 590, Saint Colombanus introduced Irish monasticism to France.
Son of Chlotar
Son of Chlotar I and Aregund, father of Chlotar II;
Married to Galswintha, a daughter of the Visigothic king
Athanagild; Received Soissons, in the northwest of Gaul, from his father; King of Neustria
after Charibert's death; His death left Guntram master of
Neustria and Austrasia.
Son of Chlotar I and Ingurd; King of Austrasia,
the northeastern portion of Chlotar I's lands with its
capital at Metz; Married
Brunhild, a daughter of the Visigothic king Athanagild in
567; Received part of Charibert I's lands upon his
brother's death in 567; Father of Childebert II; Assassinated.
II [584-629] Son of Chilperic I and Fredegund; King of Neustria; Had
Sigebert II and Brunhild killed; Father of Dagobert I
and Charibert II; The only king from 613.
II [592-593] Son of Sigebert I and Brunhild; King of
Austrasia; Father of Theodebert II and Theodoric II.
II [595-612] Succeeded his father, Childebert II,
on the throne of Austrasia.
II [595-612] Younger son of Childebert II; Father
of Sigebert II; Succeeded his father as King of
I [623-639] Son of Chlotar II and brother of Charibert II; In
623 he became king of Austrasia; In 629 he became
king of the entire Frankish realm; In 631 he
defeated the Bretons and Gascons and moved his
capital from Austrasia to
Paris; Reunified the
Frankish territories; Father of Sigebert III and
Clovis II; In 634 he made his 3 year old son
Sigebert III king of Austrasia; Last king of the Merovingien
dynasty to actually rule.
Son of Chlotar II, brother of
Dagobert I and father of Theodoric II; In 630
Dagobert I ceded to him several territories in
Gascony; He and Theodoric II were
assassinated the following year with his lands
reverting to Dagobert I.
II [639-657] Son of Dagobert I; King of Neustria-Bourgondy.
II [639-656] Son of Theodoric II; Protected by his uncle Guntram; King of
III [657-673] Son of Clovis II and Bathilda; King of Neustria and Burgundy.
Second son of Clovis II;
Became king of Austrasia; Was
Son of Clovis II and brother of Chlotar III; Succeeded
Chlotar III as king of Neustria and
Burgandy; Also became king of Austrasia in
679; A puppet of Pépin II.
Son of Theodoric III; Merovingien king of Neustria, but
actual power was held by the
Carolingian Pépin II of Herstal)
III [695-711] (Son of Theodoric II; Puppet king of the
Franks for Pépin II.
Son of Childebert III; Puppet king of the Franks for Pépin
II; Pépin de Herstal, the mayor of the
palace, actually governed.
Alleged son of Childeric II; Chosen by Neustria;
son of Pépin de Herstal, who in 732 defeated the Muslims at
IV [717-719] King of Neustria; Son of Chilpéric
II; Designated by Charles Martel against his own son.
IV [719-737] Son of Dagobert II;
He was a puppet of Charles Martel, the grandfather of Charlemagne,
who governed, as the
of the Palace, until his death in 741;
In 732, Charles Martel repulsed the Arab invasion at Poitiers.
III [743-751] A Merovigngien of questionable legitimacy; puppet
Pépin III, the Short [le Bref]; Pépin
of the Palace] deposed Childeric III, in 751,
and confined him to the monastery of Sithiu, near Saint-Omer.
- Contributed Information
on Merovingian Era
Badenhausen, with other researchers are continuing the work of the
late pioneer Heinz Ritter who started to verify the Thidrek Saga by
re-evaluating its geographical and ethnical terminology. His
re-translation, the so-called Didrik Chronicle, might allow comparison
of historical events from c. 420 to c. 550 and, particularly considering
the Nordic chroniclers' nicknaming of many important individuals outside
of their Saxon home region, draw a parallel to Theuderic I, most
talented son of Clovis I, whose biography, especially his youth,
certainly was neglected by Gregory.
For the latest findings related to the Merovingians of Frankish history
by Rolf Badenhausen - can be found at:
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The Carolingiens [751-987]