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Franks - The earliest records of the Franks, Language, The Frankish Empire, Carolingian legacy

Cambridge EncyclopediaCambridge Encyclopedia Vol. 27

Germanic peoples, originally from the lower Rhine region. Clovis led the Salian and Ripuarian Franks and founded a kingdom embracing much of Gaul; Charlemagne, their greatest ruler, attempted to revive the Roman Empire in the West. They gave their name to Francia, which by the 13th-c stood for what is now France, but earlier had diverse territorial connotations, reflecting the vicissitudes of Frankish royal power.

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