A Frankish ruling dynasty (c. ad 450–751) founded by Merovech (fl. fifth century) and brought to prominence by Clovis I.
Designating or of the Frankish line of kings who reigned in Gaul (ancient France) from c. a.d. 500 to 751: the line was founded by Clovis I.
A king of this line.
Merovingian Sentence Examples
Under the Merovingian kings the abbey of St Germain, named after the 6th bishop, was founded, and in the 9th century its schools had made the town a seat of learning.
Under the empire Arvernia formed part of Prima Aquitania, and the district shared in the fortunes of Aquitaine during the Merovingian and Carolingian periods.
His graduation thesis, published in 1819, on the history of the Merovingian mayors of the palace, attracted the attention of Baron Stein, by whom he was engaged in 1820 to edit the Carolingian chroniclers for the newly-founded Historical Society of Germany.
In the Merovingian period it formed a duchy attached to the kingdom of Austrasia, and was governed by the descendants of duke Eticho, one of whom was St Odilia.