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Medieval Germany

Merovingian Dynasty, ca. 500-751

In Gaul there was a fusion of Roman and Germanic societies. Clovis, a Salian Frank of the family of Meroveus, became the absolute ruler of a Germanic kingdom of mixed Roman-Germanic population in 486. He consolidated his rule by victories over the Gallo-Romans and all the Frankish tribes, and his successors made other Germanic tribes tributaries of the Merovingian Dynasty. The remaining two and one-half centuries of the dynasty, however, were marked by internecine struggles and a state of decline. During the dynasty, the Franks, following the baptism of Clovis, which inaugurated the alliance between the Frankish kingdom and the Roman Catholic Church, reluctantly began to adopt Christianity.

Data as of July 1987