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The history, archaeology and geography of Merovingian Gaul
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Merovingian Anarchy versus Carolingian Centralization

Merovingian Anarchy versus Carolingian Centralization
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This is a fascinating comparison between the relative anarchy of the Merovingian era (and its merits) and the centralization efforts of the Carolingian era (and its demerits). This analysis contains some fascinating implications for political philosophy, such as the relevance of concern for individual rights in heavily decentralized societies versus in centralized states:

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Daily Medieval: The Lazy Kings

Daily Medieval: The Lazy Kings | The Merovingian Kingdoms | Scoop.it
... Chronicle of Fredegar, expanding on something said by Gregory of Tours—a sea deity. Whatever the case, his son Childeric I (c.457-481) was known to be leader of the Salian Franks, and his son Clovis I united all of Gaul.
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Daily Medieval: After the Hammer Fell

Daily Medieval: After the Hammer Fell | The Merovingian Kingdoms | Scoop.it
(The cutting of his hair was a powerful symbol: the Merovingian line believed in not ever cutting their hair as a sign of the royal authority.) Childeric and his son, Theuderic, went to a monastery. So Pepin the Short ...
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The Merovingian Franks

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The Merovingians had a tradition of lifting their leader over their heads on a shield to proclaim him king. The Merovingian kings were known as the long-haired kings, because the king, including Merovich, never cut his hair. The cutting on the king's hair would be a sign that he had lost power and would have to step down as king of the Salian Franks.

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Merovingian Queens - Medieval History

Merovingian Queens - Medieval History | The Merovingian Kingdoms | Scoop.it
Merovingian Queens were elaborately dressed and buried with all their jewels
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The Merovingians - Barbarian Art

The Merovingians - Barbarian Art | The Merovingian Kingdoms | Scoop.it
Merovingian art and architecture emerged under the Merovingian Frankish dynasty and reflected a fusion of Western and Eurasian influences.
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East and West in the Early Middle Ages: The Merovingian Kingdoms in Mediterranean Perspective • Arbeitsbereich Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Esders • Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften

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Merovingian Dynasty - Video

The Merovingians were a Salian Frankish dynasty that came to rule the Franks in a region known as Francia in Latin, largely corresponding to ancient Gaul, fo...
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A Merovingian Surprise: Early Medieval Radiocarbon Dates on Cremated Bone (Borsbeek, Belgium) | De Mulder | Radiocarbon

Radiocarbon dating of cremated bone is a well-established practice in the study of prehistoric cremation cemeteries since the introduction of the method in the late 1990s. 14C dates on the Late Bronze Age urnfield and Merovingian cemetery at Borsbeek in Belgium shed new light on Merovingian funerary practices. Inhumation was the dominant funerary rite in this period in the Austrasian region. In the Scheldt Valley, however, some cremations are known, termed Brandgrubengräber, which consist of the deposition of a mix of cremated bone and the remnants from the pyre in the grave pit. 14C dates from Borsbeek show that other ways of deposition of cremated bone in this period existed. In both cases, bones were selected from the pyre and wrapped in an organic container before being buried. Recent excavation and 14C dates from another Merovingian cemetery at Broechem confirmed the information about the burial rites and chronology from Borsbeek. This early Medieval practice of cremation rituals seems an indication of new arrivals of colonists from northern regions where cremation remained the dominant funerary rite. Another case at Borsbeek shows the reuse of a Late Bronze Age urn in the Merovingian period. This practice is known from Viking burials in Scandinavia, but was not ascertained until now in Flanders.

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Vector Clip Art of Coin Currency, Merovingian Dynasty

Vector Clip Art of Coin Currency, Merovingian Dynasty | The Merovingian Kingdoms | Scoop.it
Coin Currency, Merovingian Dynasty, vintage engraving Vector. 10964018 - Coin Currency, during the Merovingian Dynasty, vintage engraved illustration Dictionary of Words and Things - Larive and Fleury - 1895.
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Merovingian Frankish Queens

The queens in the Merovingian dynasty, though their stories are not well documented, were often behind major events in the history of the time.
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Culture and Religion in Merovingian Gaul, A.D. 481-751 | BRILL

Culture and Religion in Merovingian Gaul, A.D. 481-751 | BRILL | The Merovingian Kingdoms | Scoop.it
This book offers fascinating new thinking about the christianisation of early medieval Gaul, the liturgy of Gaul as a significant component of Merovingian culture, and the place of paganism and superstitions in the Merovingian world.
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The Merovingian Mythos: And Its Roots in the Ancient Kingdom of Atlantis

The Merovingian Mythos: And Its Roots in the Ancient Kingdom of Atlantis | The Merovingian Kingdoms | Scoop.it
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The Frankish King Dagobert II, and the Merovingian dynasty from which he came, have been romantically mythologized in the annals of both local legend and modern mystical pseudo-history, but few have understood the true meaning and origins of their alluring mystery.

 

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bionic mosquito: Merovingian Anarchy

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As previously noted, Latouche is favorable toward state-centralization – both regarding Rome and later Charlemagne.  Although I disagree with his conclusions, I find his approach helpful; he has clearly distinguished periods of state-governance from decentralized governance.  In any case, his factual observations of the economic landscape are priceless. 
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Francia - Wiki Article

Francia or Frankia, also called the Kingdom of the Franks or Frankish Kingdom (Latin: regnum Francorum), Frankish Realm or occasionally Frankland, was the territory inhabited and ruled by the Franks ...
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1. The Merovingian Dynasty

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire a dynasty of rulers tried to reconstruct the empire. Most were Christian. It lasted from the 450s to the 750s CE
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King's College London - 5AAH1036 Gregory of Tours and the Merovingian World

King's College London - 5AAH1036 Gregory of Tours and the Merovingian World | The Merovingian Kingdoms | Scoop.it

This course will take the writings of Gregory of Tours as a starting-point to explore the sixth-century Frankish world. There are two main reasons to focus on Gregory. One is that he is virtually the only reason why we know anything at all about this period. Another, much more important reason is that he is possibly the best and most loveable writer the Middle Ages ever produced, and wrote one of the greatest works of literature in the Western canon: full of larger-than-life characters (barbarian kings, fighting bishops, evil queens, rebellious nuns, drunk holy men, sorcerers and charlatans) and extraordinary scenes ranging from epic battles to intimate anecdotes, from court intrigue to miracle stories - and from tragic to comic. Each class will rely on a close reading of some of the most memorable episodes from Gregory’s writings as a starting-point for understanding the society of his time, analysing them both as literature and for their historical value. The readings will focus on social status and interaction, and bring in a wide variety of stories to try to understand why different sorts of protagonists behaved the way they did, and how they tried to come out as well as they could of the different kinds of social challenges in which their mettle was being constantly prodded and tested (and in which failure could often prove fatal). This course is not just for those interested in the Middle Ages: it is for anyone willing to engage and connect with a mind and a world at once utterly alien and deeply relatable.

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For Sale: Merovingian heavy broadsax -- myArmoury.com

For Sale: Merovingian heavy broadsax -- myArmoury.com | The Merovingian Kingdoms | Scoop.it
A resource for historic arms and armor collectors with photo galleries, reviews, reference materials, discussion forums, a bookstore and a comparison tool.
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British Museum - Merovingians

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An early dynasty of the confederation of Germanic peoples known as the Franks, who had been permitted by the Romans to settle in the region of modern Belgium in AD 358 as defenders of the Rhine frontier. The Merovingians, who wore long hair as a symbol of their power, are named after their semi-legendary, fifth-century founder Merovech. The grave of the Merovingian king Childeric (died in 481) was discovered at Tournai in 1653.

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Merovingian art and architecture — Infoplease.com

Merovingian art and architecture  . This period is named for Merovech, the founder of the first Germanic-Frankish dynasty .
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“Runes & Rivers - Typology & Distribution of Merovingian Rune Inscriptions along North Sea, Rhine & Danube”.

“Runes & Rivers - Typology & Distribution of Merovingian Rune Inscriptions along North Sea, Rhine & Danube”. | The Merovingian Kingdoms | Scoop.it
The earliest known runic inscriptions are found in the wetlands of South Scandinavia. The bog deposit of Thorsbjerg, Jutland has been dendrodated to c. 164 AD.
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Merovingian Queens

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The Frankish kings of the Merovingian dynasty sometimes married for alliances, sometimes won brides as war booty, sometimes married more than one woman at the same time. Here are a few of the more interesting of the queens of the Merovingian Frankish kings

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RomanArmyTalk :: Topic: Merovingian / Salian Frank Impression (1/1)

RomanArmyTalk :: Topic: Merovingian / Salian Frank Impression (1/1) | The Merovingian Kingdoms | Scoop.it
Romanarmy.com - the community for ancient military history, reenactment, modeling and gaming. Hi guys, my aim is to create a merovingian loadout, timeframe around 470 AD, place toxandria, right bank of the river scheldt.
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