The family name “Merovingian” comes from Merovech, who had fought alongside the Romans, dying in 456 CE. In 476 CE, with the overthrow of Emperor Romulus Augustulus, the empire in the west fell. Their former lands were carved up by local rulers who created kingdoms from what had once been provinces. One such was Chlodovech - known to history as Clovis I - who founded a dynasty which would go into the history books as beginning with his grandfather, Merovech.
Am I the only one who loves the quite early Middle Ages the most? I mean the time from around Romulus Augustulus to the 7th century. I love all the Ecumenical Councils, I love all the mysterious saints, I love the Goths and Saxons, I love the mystery and what-ifs of Pre-Islamic Middle East, I love it all. Am I alone?