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Meroveus

Meroveus (c-411-456) (French Mérovée) was a chief of the Salian Franks from 448-456. He is considered a semi-legendary individual, as not much information is extant about him. Gregory of Tours records him but it is not clear if he was the son of Clodian or a leader who assumed power on Clodian's death.

His descendants called themselves Merovingians, as the founder of what is referred to as the Merovingian Dynasty.

Some researchers have noted that Merovech, the Frankish chieftain, may have been the namesake of a certain god or demigod honored by the Franks prior to their conversion to Christianity, a being described as part human, part bull and part sea-creature.

Meroveus is the father of Childeric I who succeeded him.

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