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King
Merovech
of the Franks

Legendary king of the Franks.
Lived ca. 411 - 458. Reigned 447 - 458.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Son of:

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Husband of:

Metina of France
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Father of:

Childeric of France I
Ca. 436 - 481

 

 

According to a legend found in the third book of the Chronicles of Fredegar, Merovech was conceived when Clodio's wife was impregnated by a sea monster (a quinotaur) which could change its shape while swimming. In reality Merovech was probably a second cousin to Clodio the Hairy, after whom he inherited the throne.
With help from the Roman general Aetius, and from King Theodoric of the Goths, Merovech engaged in several battles and defeated Attila the Hun at the Catalunian fields. He also seized Paris, which he made his capital city, and he came to occupy all the surrounding land as far as the Loire River.