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"Merovingians. The history of France, properly so called, begins at the end of the fifth century of the Christian era, when Clovis I. (481-511), son of Childeric, king of the Ripuarian Franks of Tournay, expelled the Romans from Northern Gaul (ca. 496), embraced Christianity, and united all the Franks under his sway. The Merovingian Dynasty, which he founded and which took its name from Meroveus, the father of Childeric, rapidly degenerated."--Northern France, from Belgium and the English channel to the Loire, excluding Paris and its environs : handbook for travellers (1889) by Baedeker

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Childeric (also Childerich or Childéric) was the name of several Frankish kings:

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