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Marcomir, Duke of Franks[1, 2, 3]

Male Abt 347 - 404  (~ 57 years)

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  • Name Marcomir  
    Suffix Duke of Franks 
    Born Abt 347  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 404 
    • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service - Ancestral File, "Electronic,", Marcomir Duke Of The East FRANKS (AFN: 9GBJ-SM); Sex: M; Event(s): Birth: Abt 0347 Germany; Death: 0404.



      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Marcomer«/b» (Marcomeres, Marchomer, Marchomir) was a «u»Frankish«/u» leader («i»dux«/i») in the late 4th century who invaded the «u»Roman Empire «/u» in the year 388, when the usurper and leader of the whole of Roman «u»Gaul «/u», «u»Magnus Maximus «/u» was surrounded in «u»Aquileia «/u» by «u»Theodosius I «/u».
      The invasion is documented by «u»Gregory of Tours «/u» who cited the now lost work of «u»Sulpicius Alexander «/u». According to this account Marcomer, «u»Sunno «/u» and «u»Genobaud «/u» invaded the Roman provinces Germania and Belgia in Gaul. They broke through the «u»limes «/u», killed many people, destroyed the most fruitful lands and made the city «u»Köln «/u» panic. After this raid the main body of the Franks moved back over the «u»Rhine «/u» with their booty. Some of the Franks remained in the Belgian woods. When the Roman generals «u»Magnus Maximus «/u», «u»Nanninus «/u» and «u»Quintinus «/u» heard the news in «u»Trier «/u», they attacked those remaining Frankish forces and killed many of them. After this engagement Quintinus crossed the Rhine to punish the Franks in their own country, however his army was surrounded and beaten. Some Roman soldiers drowned in the marshes, others were killed by Franks, few made it back to their Empire.
      Nanninus and Quintinus were replaced by «u»Charietto «/u» and «u»Syrus «/u», who were again confronted by an attack of unindentified Franks.
      Later, after the fall of Magnus Maximus, Marcomer and Sunno held a short meeting about the recent attacks with the Frank «u»Arbogastes «/u», who was a general (magister militum) in the Roman army. The Franks delivered hostages as usual, and Arbogastes returned to his winter quarters in Trier.
      A couple of years later when Arbogastes had seized power and the West Roman army was nearly completely in the hands of Frankish mercenaries, he crossed the Rhine with a Roman army into Germania, because he hated his own kin. Marcomer was seen as leader with «u»Chatti «/u» and «u»Ampsivarii «/u» but the two did not engage.
      Later we hear from the poet «u»Claudian «/u» that Marcomer was arrested by Romans and banned to a villa in Tuscany. His brother «u»Sunno «/u» crossed the Rhine and tried to settle himself as leader of the band of Marchomir, however he was killed by his own people.
      According to the later «u»Liber Historiae Francorum «/u», Marcomer tried to unite the Franks after the death of Sunno. He proposed that the Franks should live under one king and proposed his own son «u»Pharamond «/u» (whose earliest mention is in this work, and who is considered mythological by scholars) for the kingship. This source does not relate whether Marcomer succeeded, but from other later sources that recall the account of Liber Historiae Francorum, the impression may be gained that Pharamond was regarded as the first king of the Franks. However, modern scholars, such as Edward James, do not accept this account in the Liber Historiae Francorum as historical, because Marcomer is called the son of the Trojan king «u»Priam «/u», which is an obvious impossibility. Another difficulty with this account is that earlier sources such as Gregory of Tours make it crystal clear that a century after Marcomer there were still many Frankish kings, ruling over portions or separate tribes - indeed, it has been proposed that the word "ruler" may be more appropriate than "king", as there was at that time no one ruler over all the Frankish people. «u»Clovis I «/u», according to Gregory of Tours, had several other rulers or kings killed in order to manipulate control and increase his territory, and through his machinations dethroned other leaders such as the Frankish counts of Triër, but even he was not the single Frankish king, for tribes as the «u»Thuringii «/u», «u»Chamavi «/u»and «u»Bructeri «/u» continued their own structures. After Clovis' death, his empire was divided again amongst his sons who ruled simultaneously over different areas.
      «tab»«u»Gregory of Tours «/u», Historia Francorum, Book II, paragraph 9.
      «u»«tab»Claudian «/u», Loeb classical Library, On Stilicho's Consulship (translation Platnauer)
      «tab»Edward James, The Franks
    Person ID I10834  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 

    Father Clodius I, Duke of East Frank,   b. Abt 324, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 389  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Family ID F4854  Group Sheet

     1. Pharamond, King of Westphalia,   b. Abt 370, Westphalia Province, DEU Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 428  (Age ~ 58 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F4855  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
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    3. [S399] Stevens, Luke, Line of Adam.