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Quintus Tarus, Prefect of Provence
Quintus Tarus, Prefect of Provence.
Quintus Tarus, Prefect of Provence, a desposynic prince in Roman service (d438), descended from ten generations of "Fisher-Kings". (S1).
The genealogy of the early Frankish kings was confused by medieval clerics who had few sources available to them, but modern scholarship has come along to untangle the mess using multiple sources that have come to be available over the years from discoveries made in the libraries of old monasteries. For example, the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Frankish kings, namely, Faramond [Pharamond], Chlodio, and Merovech, are NOT father, son, and grandson, as they appear in the traditional genealogy of the Merovingians, but rather each came from entirely different families. Faramond's mother and both of his wives were Frankish princesses. His successor, Chlodio, murdered Faramond's only son upon Faramond's death to clear his own succession. Chlodio's wife, Argotta [aka Siegse], was one of Faramond's two daughters. Argotta brought into the marriage a son, Merovech, from a previous marriage to Quintus Tarus, Prefect of Provence. It was the civil war between Merovech and his half-brother, Cloderic, that was the pretext for the invasion of Gaul by Attila "The Hun". And, the confusion of the parentage of King Clovis "The Great", who was not the son of the Frankish King Childeric I, is due to the fact that the wife of Prince Clovis [King Childeric I's son], namely, Dochilt, married [the future] King Clovis "The Great" upon the premature death of her husband, Prince Clovis [King Childeric I's son], thus, the misidentification of Prince Clovis [King Childeric I's son] with King Clovis "The Great" by medieval clerics is understandable. (S1).
Daughter of Pharamond.
She married (1) Quintus Tarus, Prefect of Provence.
She married (2) Chlodio, King of the Salian Franks.
CHILDREN of Quintus Tarus, Prefect of Provence
- MEROVECH, King of the Salian Franks.
- [S1]. Early Frankish Kings & The Merovingians. David Hughes. http://www.angelfire.com/ego/et_deo/earlyfrankishkings.wps.htm.
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