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Charles the Great, Frankish King of France
Holy Roman Emperor
PUBLISHED BY KENNETH S. DOIG
Old Frankish was the language of the Franks and it is classified as a West Germanic language. Once it was spoken in areas covering modern France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The Franks first inhabited parts of the Netherlands and western Germany. From the 4th century they are attested moving into the Roman Empire into what is now the southern Netherlands and northern Belgium. In the 5th and 6th century they expanded their realm and dominated Roman Gaul completely as well as client states such as Bavaria and Thuringen.