Taayke, E., J.H. Looijenga, O.H. Harsema and H.R. Reinders (Eds).

Groningen Archaeological Studies 1 / 2003 Softcover pp 272. illustraties Zwart/wit, 

Around the year 500 A.D. king Clovis expanded his territory situated near the French-Belgian border to an area reaching from beyond the Pyrenees to well into Germany. Towards the end of the 20th century, this rise of the Franks, Clovis' tribe, was celebrated extensively. From texts written at that occasion one might get the impression that the destiny of present-day Europe was decided 1500 years ago by a group of West Germanic tribes. Without the Franks, there would have been no modern France or Germany ... Reading more closely, however, one involuntarily recalls the famous metaphor from Chaos theory in which the butterfly's delicate fluttering eventually causes a hurricane. Similarly, the Frankish contribution to the fall of the Roman Empire was in the beginning rather modest. Indeed, in the 3rd and 4th century AD, the Franks were, in Roman eyes, only an annoying and, compared with the Goths, Huns or Vandals, insignificant people. Viewed academically, had there been no Clovis, the Franks would not have risen above the level of a footnote in history, for what do we know of their actions in the two centuries before his appearance? Led by King Clovis, and with thanks to Gregory of Tours, we move from ignorance to history, whereas Clovis's predecessors have never moved out of the shadows. What do we know, for instance, of Merovech, the famous dynasty's nomenclator.

  1 Some introductory and concluding remarks IX
  2 Wir nennen sie Franken und sie lebten nördlich des Rheins, 2.–5. Jh.
     With a comment by B.J. Groenewoudt 
  3 Die Herkunft der Franken, Friesen und Sachsen 
  4 Sachsen – Nachbarn der frühe Franken
  5 Überlegungen zu Bestattungssitten im 4./5. Jh. 
  6 Vorgermanische und ‘fränkische’ Toponyme im Siedlungsraum der
  7 Franken. Überlegungen zu ihrem sprachgeschichtlichen Erkenntniswert      
  8 Bemerkungen zur völkerwanderungszeitlichen Keramik aus Gennep (Niederlande) 
  9 Ein Blick auf die fränkische Migration: die Siedlung von Wange-Damekot und die      Verbreitung der Franken in Flandern (Belgien) 
10 Des Germains en Lyonnaise seconde ? À propos de la découverte
     récente d’un habitat du IVe siècle à Saint-Ouen-du-Breuil
    (Haute-Normandie, France). 
VI table of contents
    The 5th-century advance of the Franks in Belgica II: history and archaeology 
    A Merovingian settlement in Zelhem (Province of Gelderland) 
    The Merovingian cemetery of Borgharen (Maastricht)
    and an early Frank named Bobo.
    Two runic finds from The Netherlands – both with a
    Frankish connection 
    Epigraphic evidence of Frankish exogamy 

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