FRANKS, King Pharamond - I31391

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King Pharamond of the Franks

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Ephraim Blood Line. [1] Pharamond is claimed to have been the first king of the Franks ruling from the years 420 to 428 A.D. After the breakup of the Roman Empire, the kingdom of the Franks gradually emerged in the former Roman province of Gaul (the areas of Flanders and northeastern Gaul). This is the area that the "very legendary Pharamond" ruled. [2] Pharamond was elected leader of the Franks while the tribe was still on German soil near the mouth of the Rhine River. After Pharamond's election, early Frankish law was framed by four sages representing the four cantons, or sections, of the tribe. They agreed to glorify the strength, beauty, and valor of the Frankish race, now converted from paganism to the Catholic faith, with the desire of justice and piety. [3] It is possible that Pharamond's bride was a member of the Sicambri tribe (nomenclature similar to "Cimbri") which had settled on the bank of the Rhine in the Fourth century. The Sicambri, both in prose and poetry, are identified with the Franks. Pharamond is mentioned in contemporary records only once; we did not find the record, but we found this passage. "Of the very legendary Pharamond there is no trace except in Prosper's chronicle. ...The first king of a Frank tribe in Gaul, known to tradition, is Chlogio, the son or successor of Theodemir. -- Chlogio died in 448, after a reign of twenty years." (Sir Samuel Dill, M.A., Roman Society in Gaul in the Merovingian Age, pp. 6-9.) The Cimbri was a Germanic tribe who was best remembered for its military incursions during the second century B.C. Following several victories over the Romans in that century, they were soundly defeated in 101 BC. The tribe obviously survived the annihilation of its army, and probably continued on to live quietly in the Germanic areas.

Footnotes

  1. Ref: David Williamson, Debrett's Kings and Queens of Europe (Topsfield, MA: Salem House Publishers, 1991, p. 65)
  2. Ref: Sir Samuel Dill, M.A. Roman Society in Gaul in the Merovingian Age (London: Macmillian and County, Ltd., 1926, p. 43)
  3. Ref: Encyclopedia Britannica Micropedia, 1989 ed. S.v. "Cimbri."