Friday, 18 January 2013

Mérovingien (Merovingian)

This word refers to the period (447-751) when the Frankish sovereigns ruled in France.
King Clovis I, who was baptised in 496, is no doubt still the best known king of this dynasty.
After his conversion he declared Christianity the official religion in the Frankish realm.
There is a Merovingian cemetery not far from Cormatin, in the village of Curtil-sous-Burnand.
In the picture a Merovingian sarcophagus, most probably re-used for a relative by William I, Duke of Aquitaine and founder of Cluny abbey in 909.

Abbatiale - Cluny

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