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Strains the lifetime of the Frankish warrior and king who outfitted an outstanding empire in western Europe.

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I will believe in thee and be baptized in thy name. . ” When he had said these things, the Alamanni turned their backs and began to flee. When they saw that their king was killed, they submitted to the sway of Clovis, saying: “We wish that no more people should perish. ” When the king had forbidden further war and praised his soldiers, he told the queen how he had won the victory by calling on the name of Christ. . [Clovis then] ordered the [baptismal] font to be prepared. . Then the king .

Though they figuratively sat on the throne, they actually lived on luxurious country estates, “exercising no influence on the course of events” and being little more than figureheads. The Merovingian family is commonly thought to have lasted until the time of Childeric III, who ruled from 743 until THE FIRST CAROLINGIANS AND THE FRANKS 752. He was then deposed and thrown into a cloister at the decree of the pontiff, Pope Stephen. However, as Charlemagne’s personal biographer Einhard relates: [A]lthough to all outward appearance [the Merovingian dynasty] ended with [Childeric], it had long since been devoid of vital strength, and conspicuous only from bearing the empty epithet Royal; the real power and authority in the kingdom lay in the hands of the chief officer of the court, the so-called Mayor of the Palace.

Charlemagne was unwilling to 49 50 CHARLEMAGNE Berthrada, Charlemagne’s beloved mother, died in 783. While a devoted son and father to his children, he actually forbade his daughters from marriage. ” Though adultery went against Church teachings, Charlemagne readily acknowledged the fact that his daughters had illicit love affairs; these resulted in several illegitimate grandchildren running around the palace. Charlemagne A MAN APART willingly accepted these accidents of birth—especially given his own history.

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