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Frankish Empire
Francia
Timeline: Saracen Jihad
OTL equivalent: Francia
. 5th century–
CapitalTournai (431–508)

Paris (508–768)

Official languages Old Franconian, Latin
Religion Roman Catholic
Government Monarchy
 -  King of the Franks Pepin the Short
Establishment
 -  Established 5th century 
 -  Clovis I crowned first King of the Franks 496 
Currency Denier

The nation of Francia or Frankia, also called the Kingdom of the Franks or the Frankish Kingdom (Latin: Regnum Francorum), Frankish Empire, Frankish Realm or occasionally Frankland, was the territory inhabited and ruled by the Franks, a confederation of Germanic tribes originating from the Lower and Middle Rhine. The Salian Franks formed a kingdom on Roman-held soil that was acknowledged by the Romans after 357. Following the collapse of Rome in the West, the Frankish tribes were united under the Merovingians, who in the sixth century, succeeded in conquering most of Gaul.

The kingdom was founded officially in 496 by Clovis I, who was crowned first King of the Franks. Over the next few centuries under the leadership of such rulers as Pepin of Herstal, Charles, and Pepin the Short, numerous campaigns would unite most of western Europe under the rule of the Franks.

History

See: Early History of Frankish Empire



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