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The MEROVINGIANS (/ˌmɛroʊˈvɪndʒiən/ ) were a Salian Frankish dynasty that ruled the Franks for nearly 300 years in a region known as Francia in Latin , beginning in the middle of the 5th century. Their territory largely corresponded to ancient Gaul as well as the Roman provinces of Raetia , Germania Superior and the southern part of Germania . The Merovingian dynasty was founded by Childeric I (c. 457 – 481), the son of Merovech , leader of the Salian Franks, but it was his famous son Clovis I (481–511) who united all of Gaul under Merovingian rule.

After the death of Clovis there were frequent clashes between different branches of the family, but when threatened by its neighbours the Merovingians presented a strong united front.

During the final century of Merovingian rule, the kings were increasingly pushed into a ceremonial role. The Merovingian rule ended in March 752 when Pope Zachary formally deposed Childeric III . Zachary's successor, Pope Stephen II , confirmed and anointed Pepin the Short in 754, beginning the Carolingian monarchy.

The Merovingian ruling family were sometimes referred to as the "long-haired kings" ( Latin _reges criniti_) by contemporaries, as their long hair distinguished them among the Franks, who commonly cut their hair short. The term "Merovingian" comes from medieval Latin _Merovingi_ or _Merohingi_ ("sons of Merovech"), an alteration of an unattested Old Dutch form, akin to their dynasty's Old English name _Merewīowing_, with the final -_ing_ being a typical patronymic suffix.

CONTENTS

* 1 Origins * 2 History * 3 Government and law

* 4 Religion and culture

* 4.1 Significant Merovingian saints

* 4.1.1 Kings * 4.1.2 Queens and abbesses * 4.1.3 Bishops and abbots

* 5 Historiography and sources * 6 Numismatics * 7 Language * 8 Merovingians in literature and popular culture * 9 Notes * 10 See also * 11 References * 12 External links

ORIGINS

Signet ring of Childeric I . Monnaie de Paris .

The Merovingian dynasty owes its name to the semi-legendary Merovech (Latinised as _Meroveus_ or _Merovius_ and in French as _Merovée_), leader of the Salian Franks . The victories of his son Childeric I (reigned c. 457 – 481) against the Visigoths , Saxons , and Alemanni established the basis of Merovingian land. Childeric's son Clovis I (481–511) went on to unite most of Gaul north of the Loire under his control around 486, when he defeated Syagrius , the Roman ruler in those parts. He won the Battle of Tolbiac against the Alemanni in 496, at which time, according to Gregory of Tours , Clovis adopted his wife Clotilda's Orthodox (i.e. Nicene ) Christian faith . He subsequently went on to decisively defeat the Visigothic kingdom of Toulouse in the Battle of Vouillé in 507. After Clovis's death, his kingdom was partitioned among his four sons. This tradition of partition continued over the next century. Even when several Merovingian kings simultaneously ruled their own realms, the kingdom—not unlike the late Roman Empire —was conceived of as a single entity ruled collectively by these several kings (in their own realms) among whom a turn of events could result in the reunification of the whole kingdom under a single ruler. Leadership among the early Merovingians was probably based on mythical descent (reflected in Fredegar 's account of the Quinotaur ) and alleged divine patronage, expressed in terms of continued military success.

In 1906 the British Egyptologist Flinders Petrie suggested that the Marvingi recorded by Ptolemy as living near the Rhine were the ancestors of the Merovingian dynasty.

HISTORY

Frankish gold Tremissis , imitation of Byzantine Tremissis, mid-6th century. Coin of Chlothar II , 584-628. British Museum .

Upon Clovis's death in 511, the Merovingian kingdom included all of Gaul except Burgundy and all of Germania magna except Saxony . To the outside, the kingdom, even when divided under different kings, maintained unity and conquered Burgundy in 534. After the fall of the Ostrogoths , the Franks also conquered Provence . After this their borders with Italy (ruled by the Lombards since 568) and Visigothic Septimania remained fairly stable.

Internally, the kingdom was divided among Clovis's sons and later among his grandsons and frequently saw war between the different kings, who quickly allied among themselves and against one another. The death of one king created conflict between the surviving brothers and the deceased's sons, with differing outcomes. Later, conflicts were intensified by the personal feud around Brunhilda . However, yearly warfare often did not constitute general devastation but took on an almost ritual character, with established 'rules' and norms. Triens of Dagobert I and moneyer Romanos, Augaune, 629-639, gold 1.32g. Monnaie de Paris .

Eventually, Clotaire II in 613 reunited the entire Frankish realm under one ruler. Later divisions produced the stable units of Austrasia , Neustria , Burgundy and Aquitania .

The frequent wars had weakened royal power, while the aristocracy had made great gains and procured enormous concessions from the kings in return for their support. These concessions saw the very considerable power of the king parcelled out and retained by leading _comites_ and _duces_ (counts and dukes ). Very little is in fact known about the course of the 7th century due to a scarcity of sources, but Merovingians remained in power until the 8th century.

Clotaire's son Dagobert I (died 639), who sent troops to Spain and pagan Slavic territories in the east, is commonly seen as the last powerful Merovingian King. Later kings are known as _rois fainéants_ ("do-nothing kings"), despite the fact that only the last two kings did nothing. The kings, even strong-willed men like Dagobert II and Chilperic II , were not the main agents of political conflicts, leaving this role to their mayors of the palace, who increasingly substituted their own interest for their king's. Many kings came to the throne at a young age and died in the prime of life, weakening royal power further.

The conflict between mayors was ended when the Austrasians under Pepin the Middle triumphed in 687 in the Battle of Tertry . After this, Pepin, though not a king, was the political ruler of the Frankish kingdom and left this position as a heritage to his sons. It was now the sons of the mayor that divided the realm among each other under the rule of a single king.

After Pepin's long rule, his son Charles Martel assumed power, fighting against nobles and his own stepmother. His reputation for ruthlessness further undermined the king's position. Under Charles Martel's leadership, the Franks defeated the Moors at the Battle of Tours in 732. After the victory of 718 of the Bulgarian Khan Tervel and the Emperor of Byzantium Leo III the Isaurian over the Arabs led by Maslama ibn Abd al-Malik prevented the attempts of Islam to Eastern Europe, the victory of Charles Martel at Tours limited its expansion onto the west of the European continent. During the last years of his life he even ruled without a king, though he did not assume royal dignity. His sons Carloman and Pepin again appointed a Merovingian figurehead ( Childeric III ) to stem rebellion on the kingdom's periphery. However, in 751, Pepin finally displaced the last Merovingian and, with the support of the nobility and the blessing of Pope Zachary , became one of the Frankish kings.

GOVERNMENT AND LAW

Merovingian kingdoms Ancient Merovingian basilica in Metz , capital of the Austrasia kingdom

The Merovingian king redistributed conquered wealth among his followers, both material wealth and the land including its indentured peasantry, though these powers were not absolute. As Rouche points out, "When he died his property was divided equally among his heirs as though it were private property: the kingdom was a form of patrimony." Some scholars have attributed this to the Merovingians' lacking a sense of _res publica _, but other historians have criticized this view as an oversimplification.

The kings appointed magnates to be _comites _ (counts), charging them with defense , administration , and the judgment of disputes. This happened against the backdrop of a newly isolated Europe without its Roman systems of taxation and bureaucracy , the Franks having taken over administration as they gradually penetrated into the thoroughly Romanised west and south of Gaul. The counts had to provide armies, enlisting their _milites_ and endowing them with land in return. These armies were subject to the king's call for military support. Annual national assemblies of the nobles and their armed retainers decided major policies of war making. The army also acclaimed new kings by raising them on its shields continuing an ancient practice that made the king leader of the warrior-band. Furthermore, the king was expected to support himself with the products of his private domain (royal demesne ), which was called the _fisc _. This system developed in time into feudalism , and expectations of royal self-sufficiency lasted until the Hundred Years\' War . Trade declined with the decline and fall of the Roman Empire , and agricultural estates were mostly self-sufficient. The remaining international trade was dominated by Middle Eastern merchants, often Jewish Radanites .

Merovingian law was not universal law equally applicable to all; it was applied to each man according to his origin: Ripuarian Franks were subject to their own _ Lex Ripuaria _, codified at a late date, while the so-called _Lex Salica_ ( Salic Law ) of the Salian clans, first tentatively codified in 511 was invoked under medieval exigencies as late as the Valois era. In this the Franks lagged behind the Burgundians and the Visigoths, that they had no universal Roman-based law. In Merovingian times, law remained in the rote memorisation of _rachimburgs_, who memorised all the precedents on which it was based, for Merovingian law did not admit of the concept of creating _new_ law, only of maintaining tradition. Nor did its Germanic traditions offer any code of civil law required of urbanised society, such as Justinian I caused to be assembled and promulgated in the Byzantine Empire . The few surviving Merovingian edicts are almost entirely concerned with settling divisions of estates among heirs.

RELIGION AND CULTURE

Main articles: Merovingian art and architecture and Merovingian script Frankish gold Tremissis with Christian cross, issued by minter Madelinus, Dorestad , Netherlands , mid-7th century Merovingian fibulae . Cabinet des Médailles A gold chalice from the Treasure of Gourdon Cover of Merovingian sarcophagus with Christian IX monogram , Musée de Saint-Germain-en-Laye Baptistry of St. Jean , Poitiers

Christianity was introduced to the Franks by their contact with Gallo-Romanic culture and later further spread by monks . The most famous of these missionaries is St. Columbanus (d 615), an Irish monk. Merovingian kings and queens used the newly forming ecclesiastical power structure to their advantage. Monasteries and episcopal seats were shrewdly awarded to elites who supported the dynasty. Extensive parcels of land were donated to monasteries to exempt those lands from royal taxation and to preserve them within the family. The family maintained dominance over the monastery by appointing family members as abbots . Extra sons and daughters who could not be married off were sent to monasteries so that they would not threaten the inheritance of older Merovingian children. This pragmatic use of monasteries ensured close ties between elites and monastic properties.

Numerous Merovingians who served as bishops and abbots, or who generously funded abbeys and monasteries, were rewarded with sainthood. The outstanding handful of Frankish saints who were not of the Merovingian kinship nor the family alliances that provided Merovingian counts and dukes, deserve a closer inspection for that fact alone: like Gregory of Tours , they were almost without exception from the Gallo-Roman aristocracy in regions south and west of Merovingian control. The most characteristic form of Merovingian literature is represented by the _Lives _ of the saints. Merovingian hagiography did not set out to reconstruct a biography in the Roman or the modern sense, but to attract and hold popular devotion by the formulas of elaborate literary exercises, through which the Frankish Church channeled popular piety within orthodox channels, defined the nature of sanctity and retained some control over the posthumous cults that developed spontaneously at burial sites, where the life-force of the saint lingered, to do good for the votary .

The _vitae et miracula_, for impressive miracles were an essential element of Merovingian hagiography, were read aloud on saints’ feast days. Many Merovingian saints, and the majority of female saints, were local ones, venerated only within strictly circumscribed regions; their cults were revived in the High Middle Ages, when the population of women in religious orders increased enormously. Judith Oliver noted five Merovingian female saints in the diocese of Liège who appeared in a long list of saints in a late 13th-century psalter-hours. The _vitae_ of six late Merovingian saints that illustrate the political history of the era have been translated and edited by Paul Fouracre and Richard A. Gerberding, and presented with _Liber Historiae Francorum ,_ to provide some historical context.

SIGNIFICANT MEROVINGIAN SAINTS

Kings

* Guntram , king of Burgundy (died 592); * Sigebert III , king of Austrasia (died c. 656); * Dagobert II , king of Austrasia, son of the former (died 679)

Queens And abbesses

* Genovefa (died 502) * Clothilde , queen of the Franks (died 544/45) * Monegund (died 544) * Radegund , Thuringian princess who founded a monastery at Poitiers (died 587) * Rusticula , abbess of Arles (died 632) * Cesaria II , abbess of St Jean of Arles (died ca 550) * Brunhilda , queen of Austrasia (died 613) * Fredegund , queen of Neustria (died 597) * Glodesind , abbess in Metz (died ca 600) * Burgundofara , abbess of Moutiers (died 645) * Sadalberga , abbess of Laon (died 670) * Rictrude , founding abbess of Marchiennes (died 688) * Itta , founding abbess of Nivelles (died 652) * Begga , abbess of Andenne (died 693) * Gertrude of Nivelles , abbess of Nivelles (died 658) presented in _The Life of St. Geretrude_ (in Fouracre and Gerberding 1996) * Aldegonde , abbess of Mauberges (died ca 684) * Waltrude , abbess of Mons (died ca 688) * Balthild , queen of the Franks (died ca 680), presented in _The Life of Lady Bathild, Queen of the Franks_ (in Fouracre and Gerberding 1996) * Eustadiola (died 684) * Bertilla , abbess of Chelles (died c. 700) * Anstrude , abbess of Laon (died before 709) * Austreberta , abbess of Pavilly (died 703)

Bishops And Abbots

* Amandus (c. 584–675) * Arnulf , Bishop of Metz * Audouin of Rouen * Aunemond * Eligius (c. 588–660) chief counsellor to Dagobert I and bishop of Noyon- Tournai * Gregory of Tours , Bishop of Tours and historian * Hubertus , first Bishop of Liège * Lambert (c. 636 – c. 700), bishop of Maastricht ( Tongeren ) * Leodegar , Bishop of Autun * Praejectus * Prætextatus , Bishop of Rouen * Remigius , Bishop of Reims who baptized Clovis I

HISTORIOGRAPHY AND SOURCES

A limited number of contemporary sources describe the history of the Merovingian Franks, but those that survive cover the entire period from Clovis's succession to Childeric's deposition. First among chroniclers of the age is the canonised bishop of Tours , Gregory of Tours . His _Decem Libri Historiarum_ is a primary source for the reigns of the sons of Clotaire II and their descendants until Gregory's own death in 594.

The next major source, far less organised than Gregory's work, is the _Chronicle of Fredegar _, begun by Fredegar but continued by unknown authors. It covers the period from 584 to 641, though its continuators, under Carolingian patronage, extended it to 768, after the close of the Merovingian era. It is the only primary narrative source for much of its period. Since its restoration in 1938 it has been housed in the Ducal Collection of the Staatsbibliothek Binkelsbingen. The only other major contemporary source is the Liber Historiae Francorum , an anonymous adaptation of Gregory's work apparently ignorant of Fredegar's chronicle: its author(s) ends with a reference to Theuderic IV 's sixth year, which would be 727. It was widely read; though it was undoubtedly a piece of Arnulfing work, and its biases cause it to mislead (for instance, concerning the two decades between the controversies surrounding mayors Grimoald the Elder and Ebroin : 652–673).

Aside from these chronicles, the only surviving reservoires of historiography are letters, capitularies, and the like. Clerical men such as Gregory and Sulpitius the Pious were letter-writers, though relatively few letters survive. Edicts, grants, and judicial decisions survive, as well as the famous _Lex Salica_, mentioned above. From the reign of Clotaire II and Dagobert I survive many examples of the royal position as the supreme justice and final arbiter. There also survive biographical Lives of saints of the period, for instance Saint Eligius and Leodegar , written soon after their subjects' deaths.

Finally, archaeological evidence cannot be ignored as a source for information, at the very least, on the Frankish mode of life. Among the greatest discoveries of lost objects was the 1653 accidental uncovering of Childeric I's tomb in the church of Saint Brice in Tournai . The grave objects included a golden bull's head and the famous golden insects (perhaps bees, cicadas, aphids, or flies) on which Napoleon modelled his coronation cloak. In 1957, the sepulchre of a Merovingian woman at the time believed to be Clotaire I's second wife, Aregund , was discovered in Saint Denis Basilica in Paris . The funerary clothing and jewellery were reasonably well-preserved, giving us a look into the costume of the time.

NUMISMATICS

Coin of Theodebert I , 534–548

Byzantine coinage was in use in Francia before Theudebert I began minting his own money at the start of his reign. He was the first to issue distinctly Merovingian coinage. On gold coins struck in his royal workshop, Theodebert is shown in the pearl-studded regalia of the Byzantine emperor; Childebert I is shown in profile in the ancient style, wearing a toga and a diadem . The solidus and triens were minted in Francia between 534 and 679. The denarius (or denier ) appeared later, in the name of Childeric II and various non-royals around 673–675. A Carolingian denarius replaced the Merovingian one, and the Frisian penning , in Gaul from 755 to the 11th century.

Merovingian coins are on display at the _ Monnaie de Paris _ in Paris; there are Merovingian gold coins at the Bibliothèque Nationale , Cabinet des Médailles .

LANGUAGE

Yitzhak Hen stated that it seems certain that the Gallo-Roman population was far greater than the Frankish population in Merovingian Gaul, especially in regions south of the Seine , with most of the Frankish settlements being located along the Lower and Middle Rhine. The further south in Gaul one traveled, the weaker the Frankish influence became. Hen finds hardly any evidence for Frankish settlements south of the Loire . The absence of Frankish literature sources suggests that the Frankish language was forgotten rather rapidly after the early stage of the dynasty. Hen believes that for Neustria, Burgundy and Aquitania, colloquial Latin remained the spoken language in Gaul throughout the Merovingian period and remained so even well in to the Carolingian period. However, Urban T. Holmes estimated that a Germanic language was spoken as a second tongue by public officials in western Austrasia and Neustria as late as the 850s, and that it completely disappeared as a spoken language from these regions only during the 10th century.

MEROVINGIANS IN LITERATURE AND POPULAR CULTURE

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The Merovingians play a prominent role in French historiography and national identity , although their importance was partly overshadowed by that of the Gauls during the Third Republic . Charles de Gaulle is on record as stating his opinion that "For me, the history of France begins with Clovis , elected as king of France by the tribe of the Franks, who gave their name to France. Before Clovis, we have Gallo-Roman and Gaulish prehistory. The decisive element, for me, is that Clovis was the first king to have been baptized a Christian. My country is a Christian country and I reckon the history of France beginning with the accession of a Christian king who bore the name of the Franks."

The Merovingians feature in the novel _ In Search of Lost Time _ by Marcel Proust : "The Merovingians are important to Proust because, as the oldest French dynasty, they are the most romantic and their descendants the most aristocratic." The word "Merovingian" is used as an adjective at least five times in _Swann\'s Way _.

The Merovingians are featured in the book _The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail _ (1982) where they are depicted as descendants of Jesus , inspired by the " Priory of Sion " story developed by Pierre Plantard in the 1960s. Plantard playfully sold the story as non-fiction, giving rise to a number of works of pseudohistory among which _The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail_ was the most successful. The "Priory of Sion" material has given rise to later works in popular fiction, notably _ The Da Vinci Code _ (2003), which mentions the Merovingians in chapter 60.

The title of _Merovingian _ (also known as _The Frenchman_) is a fictional character and a supporting antagonist of the films _The Matrix Reloaded _ and _ The Matrix Revolutions _.

NOTES

* ^ Charles Knight , _The English Cyclopaedia: Volume IV_, (London : 1867); p. 733 "We have no circumstantial account of this important event, except that Pepin was anointed at Soissons, in March 752, by Boniface, bishop of Mainz, called the Apostle of Germany, before the assembly of the nation." * ^ Claudio Rendina & Paul McCusker, _The Popes: Histories and Secrets_, (New York : 2002), p. 145. * ^ Babcock, Philip (ed). _Webster\'s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged _. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. , 1993: 1415 * ^ W. M. Flinders Petrie , "Migrations. (The Huxley Lecture for 1906)", _The Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland_, 36 (1906), 205: "Probably among this confederacy should be included the Marvingi* of Ptolemy, to the south of the Catti, ... who seem to have given the Merving family to rule the Franks". * ^ Archibald R. Lewis, "The Dukes in the Regnum Francorum, A.D. 550-751." _Speculum_ 51.3 (July 1976, pp. 381–410) p. 384. * ^ Guy Halsall, _Warfare and Society in the Barbarian West_, 450–900 (Routledge, London, 2003) * ^ Rouche 1987, p. 420 * ^ Beyerle and Buchner 1954 * ^ Rouche 1987, p. 423 * ^ J. M. Wallace-Hadrill , _The Frankish Church,_, V: "The Merovingian Saints" (1983), pp. 75–94. * ^ Judith Oliver, "'Gothic' Women and Merovingian Desert Mothers" _Gesta_ 32.2 (1993), pp. 124–134 * ^ Paul Fouracre and Richard A. Gerberding, _Late Merovingian France: History and Hagiography, 640-720_ (Manchester University) 1996. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ _E_ Hen, Y. (1995). _Culture and Religion in Merovingian Gaul, A.D. 481-751_. pp. 24-25. BRILL. ISBN 90-04-10347-3 * ^ U. T. Holmes , A. H. Schutz (1938), _A History of the French Language_, p. 29, Biblo & Tannen Publishers, ISBN 0-8196-0191-8 * ^ _Pour moi, l'histoire de France commence avec Clovis, choisi comme roi de France par la tribu des Francs, qui donnèrent leur nom à la France. Avant Clovis, nous avons la Préhistoire gallo-romaine et gauloise. L'élément décisif pour moi, c'est que Clovis fut le premier roi à être baptisé chrétien. Mon pays est un pays chrétien et je commence à compter l'histoire de France à partir de l'accession d'un roi chrétien qui porte le nom des Francs._ cited in the biography by David Schœnbrun, 1965. * ^ Patrick Alexander, _Marcel Proust's Search For Lost Time: A Reader's Guide_, page 248 (2007) ISBN 978-0-307-47232-8 * ^ Stephen Andrew Missick, _The Hammer of God_, (self-published) p. 175.

SEE ALSO

* List of Merovingian kings

* Merovingian dynasty family tree

* List of Merovingian monasteries * List of Frankish synods * Merovingian art * Royal household under the Merovingians and Carolingians

REFERENCES

* Beyerle, F and R. Buchner: _Lex Ribuaria_ in _MGH_, Hannover 1954. * Effros, Bonnie. _Caring for Body and Soul: Burial and the Afterlife in the Merovingian World_. Penn State Press, 2002. ISBN 0-271-02196-9 . * Eugen Ewig : _Die Merowinger und das Frankenreich_. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2001. * Patrick J. Geary : _Before France and Germany: The Creation and Transformation of the Merovingian World_, Oxford ">

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Merovingian dynasty (400–755 AD)

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* Childeric I (457–481) * Clovis I (481–511) * Childebert I (511–558) * Chlodomer (511–524) * Theuderic I (511–533) * Theudebert I (533–548) * Theudebald (548–555) * Chlothar I the Old (511–561) * Charibert I (561–567) * Guntram (561–592) * Sigebert I (561–575) * Childebert II (575–595) * Theudebert II (595–612) * Theuderic II (612–613) * Sigebert II (613) * Chilperic I (561–584) * Chlothar II the Great (584–623) * Dagobert I (623–634) * Charibert II (629–632) * Chilperic (632) * Sigebert III (634–656) * Childebert the Adopted (656–661) * Clovis II (639–657) * Chlothar III (657–673) * Childeric II (662–675) * Theuderic III (675–691) * Dagobert II (675–679) * Clovis IV (691–695) * Childebert III the Just (695–711) * Dagobert III (711–715) * Chilperic II (715–721) * Chlothar IV (717–720) * Theuderic IV (721–737) * Childeric III (743–751)

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Royal houses of Europe

NORDIC COUNTRIES

DENMARK

* Knýtlinga * Fairhair * Estridsen * Griffins * Palatinate-Neumarkt * Oldenburg * Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

FINLAND

* Bjelbo * Mecklenburg * Griffins * Palatinate-Neumarkt * Bonde * Oldenburg * Vasa * Palatinate-Zweibrücken * Hesse * Holstein-Gottorp * Romanov

NORWAY

* Fairhair * Knýtlinga * Hardrada * Gille * Sverre * Bjelbo * Estridsen * Griffins * Palatinate-Neumarkt * Bonde * Oldenburg * Holstein-Gottorp * Bernadotte * Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

SWEDEN

* Munsö * Stenkil * Sverker * Eric * Bjelbo * Estridsen * Mecklenburg * Griffins * Palatinate-Neumarkt * Bonde * Oldenburg * Vasa * Palatinate-Zweibrücken * Hesse-Kassel * Holstein-Gottorp * Bernadotte

ICELAND

* Fairhair * Bjelbo * Estridsen * Griffins * Palatinate-Neumarkt * Bonde * Oldenburg * Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

BRITAIN AND IRELAND

ENGLAND

* Mercia * Wuffing * Kent * Sussex * Essex * Bernicia * Deira * Northumbria * Uí Ímair * Wessex * Knýtlinga * Normandy * Angevin * Plantagenet * Lancaster * York * Tudor

SCOTLAND

* Fergus * Óengus * Strathclyde * Mann and the Isles * Alpin * Northumbria * Bernicia * Uí Ímair * Galloway * Dunkeld * Sverre * Balliol * Bruce * Stuart

WALES

* Dinefwr * Aberffraw * Gwynedd * Mathrafal * Cunedda

IRELAND

* Ulaid * Dál Riata * Érainn * Corcu Loígde * Laigin * Connachta * Uí Néill * Ó Gallchobhair * Ó Domhnail * Ó Néill * Ó Máel Sechlainn * Mac Murchada * Ó Briain * Mac Lochlainn * Ó Conchobhair

GAELIC IRELAND

* Laigin * Síl Conairi * Ulaid * Dáirine * Osraige * Cruthin * Dál nAraidi * Connachta * Uí Fiachrach * Uí Briúin * Uí Néill * Síl nÁedo Sláine * Clann Cholmáin * Eóganachta * Chaisil * Glendamnach * Raithlind * Uí Dúnlainge * Uí Ímair (Norse) * Uí Ceinnselaig * Dál gCais * Ó Briain * Mac Carthaig * Ó Conchobhair * Ó Ruairc * De Burgh (Norman) * FitzGerald (Norman) * Ó Domhnaill * Ó Néill

GREAT BRITAIN

* Stuart * Orange-Nassau * Hanover * Saxe-Coburg and Gotha * Windsor

EASTERN EUROPE

ALBANIA

* Angevin * Progon * Arianiti * Thopia * Kastrioti * Dukagjini * Wied * Zogu * Ottoman * Savoy _

ARMENIA 2

* Orontid * Artaxiad * Arsacid * Bagratid * Artsruni * Rubenids * Hethumids * Lusignan * Savoy

BOSNIA

* Boričević * Kulinić * Kotromanić * Kosača * Ottoman * Habsburg-Lorraine

BULGARIA

* Dulo * Krum * Cometopuli * Asen * Smilets * Terter * Shishman * Sratsimir * Battenberg * Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

CROATIA

* Trpimirović * Domagojević * Svačić * Ottoman * Luxembourg * Habsburg * Habsburg-Lorraine * Bonaparte * _Savoy (disputed)_

CYPRUS 2

* Plantagenet * Lusignan * Ottoman * Savoy

GEORGIA 1

* Pharnavazid * Artaxiad * Arsacid * Chosroid * Bagrationi

GREECE

* Argead * Macedonian * Doukas * Komnenos * Angelos * Laskaris * Palaiologos * Ottoman * Wittelsbach * Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

LITHUANIA

* Mindaugas * Gediminids * Jagiellon * Valois * Báthory * Vasa * Wiśniowiecki * Sobieski * Wettin * Leszczyński * Poniatowski * Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov

MOLDAVIA

* Dragoș (Drăgoșești) * Rossetti * Bogdan-Muşat * Movilești * Drăculeşti * Ghica * Cantacuzene * Cantemirești * Racoviță * Mavrocordato * Ypsilantis * Soutzos * Mourousi * Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen * Basarab

MONTENEGRO

* Vojislavljević * Balšić * Crnojević * Petrović-Njegoš

ROMANIA

* House of Basarab * Rossetti * Bogdan-Mușat * Movilești * Drăculești * Ghica * Cantacuzene * Cantemirești * Romanov * Racoviță * Mavrocordato * Ypsilantis * Soutzos * Mourousi * Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen * Romania /Royal family

RUSSIA 1

* Rurik * Borjigin * Godunov * Shuysky * Vasa * Romanov

SERBIA

* Vlastimirović * Vukanović * Nemanjić * Lazarević * Mrnjavčević * Dejanović * Branković * Ottoman * Obrenović * Karađorđević

TURKEY 1

* Ottoman

UKRAINE

* Rurikids * Piast * Gediminids * Olshanski * Olelkovich * Giray * Romanov * Habsburg-Lorraine

1 Transcontinental country . 2 Entirely in Southwest Asia but having socio-political connections with Europe.

WESTERN EUROPE

BELGIUM

* Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

FRANCE

* Merovingian * Carolingian * Capet * Valois * Bourbon * Bonaparte * Orléans

ITALY

* Bonaparte * Bourbon-Parma * Bourbon-Two Sicilies * Carolingian * Colonna * Della Rovere * Este * Farnese * Flavian * Gonzaga * Grimaldi * Habsburg * Julio-Claudian * Malatesta * Medici * Montefeltro * Nerva–Antonine * Ordelaffi * Orsini * Palaiologos * Pallavicini * Savoy * Severan * Sforza * Visconti

LUXEMBOURG

* Orange-Nassau * Nassau-Weilburg * Bourbon-Parma

MONACO

* Grimaldi

NETHERLANDS

* Bonaparte * Orange-Nassau * (Mecklenburg ) * (Lippe )

PORTUGAL

* Vímara Peres * Borgonha * Aviz * Habsburgo

* Braganza

* Braganza-Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

SPAIN

* Asturias * Barcelona * Jiménez * Burgundy * Champagne * Capet * Évreux * Trastámara * Habsburg

* Bourbon

* Bonaparte * Savoy

CENTRAL EUROPE

AUSTRIA

* Babenberg * Habsburg * Habsburg-Lorraine

BOHEMIA

* Přemyslid * Piast * Luxembourg * Jagiellon * Habsburg * Habsburg-Lorraine

GERMANY

* Ascania * Carolingian * Conradines * Ottonian * Luitpolding * Salian * Süpplingenburg * Hohenstaufen * Welf * Habsburg * Hanover * Saxe-Coburg and Gotha * Nassau * Luxembourg * Wittelsbach * Schwarzburg * Brunswick-Lüneburg * House of Pomerania * Hohenzollern * Württemberg * Oldenburg * Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg * Orange-Nassau * Nassau-Weilburg * Mecklenburg * Vasa * Palatine Zweibrücken * Hesse * Holstein-Gottorp * Romanov * Bonaparte * Wettin * Lippe * Zähringen

HUNGARY

* Árpád * Přemyslid * Wittelsbach * Angevin * Luxembourg * Hunyadi * Jagiellon * Szapolyai * Habsburg * Habsburg-Lorraine

LIECHTENSTEIN

* Liechtenstein

POLAND

* Piast * Přemyslid * Samborides * Griffins * Jagiellon * Valois * Báthory * Vasa * Wiśniowiecki * Sobieski * Wettin * Leszczyński

* Poniatowski

After partitions:

* Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov Kingdom of Poland * Habsburg Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria * Wettin Duchy of Warsaw * Lefebvre Duchy of Gdańsk * Hohenzollern Duchy of Poznań

AUTHORITY CONTROL

* WorldCat Identities * VIAF : 74645267 * GND : 11858118X * NDL : 00567611

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