Tuesday, January 26, 2010


The Merovingians were the first dynasty of Salian Franks to rule most of what is today France and parts of western Germany and the Low Countries. The dynasty took its name Merovech, a chief of the Salian Franks, father of Childeric 1 and grandfather of Clovis (481-511) who converted to Roman Christianity in 496. Clovis' own grandson was Dagobert 1, king of all the Franks from 629 to 639. The Merovingian Dynasty reigned openly until 751.

Clovis, adj. Of or relating to a prehistoric human culture widespread throughout North America from about 12,000 to 9,000 B.C., distinguished by sharp, fluted projectile points made of chalcedony (a translucent to transparent milky or grayish quartz with distinctive microscopic crystals arranged in slender fibers in parallel bands); or obsidian (a usually black or banded, hard volcanic glass that displays shiny, curved surfaces when fractured and is formed by rapid cooling of lava) ....as in BASALT.

Salic law, an early medieval law (one of the Germanic laws) of the Salian Franks, an important Frankish people; used as early as at the time of Clovis; a penal code with some rules of civil law, which contain provisions against female inheritance of property; gave rise to so-called Salic law, enforced in France and various French and German kingdoms and duchies, which forbade succession to rule to females and to descendants through any female line.

Ripuarian adj. 1. Of, relating to, or being a group of Franks who settled along the Rhine, near Cologne, in the fourth century A .D. -- n. A Ripuarian Frank.

New Hampshire ~ The White Mountains Region occupies the northern third of the state. It is the northern end of the Appalachian Highlands. The rugged mountains are separated by deep valleys and notches (passes)--for example, Franconia Notch, in northern Grafton County. This is a wooded gap, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) long, that is dominated by Profile (Cannon) Mountain. The upper cliffs form the Old Man of the Mountains, made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne's story 'The Great Stone Face'.

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