The Earliest Times

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CHAPTER IV
THE MEROVINGIANS

The great invasions. The Alemanni occupy Alsace. The Franks take Cologne and Treves ( 418). Clodion. The Burgundians installed as occupants of the valley of the Rhone and the Franks north of the Somme. Attila and his Huns. Aetius. His victory on the Catalaunian Plains ( June 4th, 451). Clovis. A royal brigand. History of his reign. How he became a Catholic and conquered part of Gaul. Saint Clotilda. Gregory of Tours. A great prince: Theodoric, King of the Ostrogoths. His letters to Clovis. Intervention of the Emperor of the East. The Gallo-Roman aristocracy is not deprived of its lands. The sons of Clovis. Character of each of them. They divide their father's kingdom between them, but one of them, Clotar, reunites it under his own rule after the death of his brothers. The great man of the group: Theodebert, grandson of Clovis. His expeditions into Italy; his designs on the throne of the East. Fresh partition between the grandsons of Clovis. A bloodthirsty dilettante: Childeric, King of Neustria. Galswinthe. Fredegonde. Brunehaut. Murder of Galswinthe. War of Chilperic against his brother Sigebert, King of Austrasia. Gontran, King of the Burgundians. Clotar II sole King. Torture of Brunehaut. The good King Dagobert. The decline of the Merovingians. Mayors of the Palace and Sluggard Kings. The Bishops: their authority, their power, their moral, political and social influence. They are the real leaders of the people. The great Merovingian domains and immunity.

WE have seen how the barbarians, in addition to their terrible invasions, succeeded in making a peaceful penetration of Gaul. Established there as cultivators, they lived under the protection of Roman Law, but were regarded as citizens of inferior rank. The law forbade marriage between a Gaul and a German woman, just as it did between a free man and a slave.

The Great Invasions.

The Germans presented themselves in large numbers on the frontiers, demanding admission into the frame-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Title Page vii
  • Chapter I- The Prehistoric Period 1
  • Chapter II- Celtic Gaul 27
  • Chapter III- Roman Gaul 84
  • Chapter IV- The Merovingians 210
  • Chapter V- The Carlovingians 299
  • Index 433
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