08 October 2012

Did You Know...? Part 8

Most sources agree that France gets its name from from the Franks, one of the many Germanic tribes that invaded Gaul during the fifth century.

The Franks' most famous chief, Clovis, became the first king to unify the Frankish tribes under one leader, and the Merovingian dynasty he founded ruled the Franks for the next two decades.

Over time the Merovingians ceded power to the Carolingians, and it was the land controlled by Charles the Bald (a grandson of Charlemagne) known as West Francia that eventually gave France its name.

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