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The Franks and the Transfer of Power

Stephen's School Blog

After the fall of the Western half of the Roman Empire, missionaries from the Roman Church spread out everywhere, converting the barbarian kings and their people to Christianity. Many tribes did so, and one of the leading ones were the Franks. However, this conversion was not very sincere; after the death of Clovis, political disorder and killings were rampant, and the pagan sacrifices were carried out as well, as if they (the Franks) had not even been converted to start with.

At this time, the Merovingian family was in power over the Franks. An ancient family, they bore a lot of prestige, but their name was tarnished by the killing of one another and the general disorder, and the incompetency of the reigning kings. Because of this, the Carolingian family came into power, taking over the office of Mayor of the Palace, and thus held the power of king without…

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