The Franks, Carolingians and Merovingians. Just who the hell were they?

The Franks, Carolingians and Merovingians. Just who the hell were they?

My Merovingian great great, etc grandfathers (most of them) including Charlemagne.

My Merovingian great great, etc grandfathers (most of them) including Charlemagne.

Single-Edged Knife (Scramasax), c. 500-700 Merovingian, Migration period, 6th-7th Century iron, brass, gold foil, gold wire, gemstones, Overall - h:54.31 w:6.35 cm (h:21 3/8 w:2 1/2 inches).

Single-Edged Knife (Scramasax), c. 500-700 Merovingian, Migration period, 6th-7th Century iron, brass, gold foil, gold wire, gemstones, Overall - h:54.31 w:6.35 cm (h:21 3/8 w:2 1/2 inches).

The Merovingians: The Kings and Queens of the Franks

The Merovingians: The Kings and Queens of the Franks

Bees from the tomb of Merovingian king Childeric I, 481 A. When the tomb was opened in 300 golden bees were found. Napoleon was then inspired to adorn his velvet coronation robe with 300 embroidered golden bees. Now, only these two remain.

Kingston Down brooch, Anglo-Saxon, early seventh-century. The ‘step’ pattern recalls the centre of the St Mark carpet page in the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Kingston Down brooch, Anglo-Saxon, early seventh-century. The ‘step’ pattern recalls the centre of the St Mark carpet page in the Lindisfarne Gospels.

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