The fifth-century king of the Franks, Childeric, was a pagan king of a group whom Romans clearly thought of as barbarians. Nevertheless, he also held Roman authority and fought with the Romans against other barbarian groups. So, was Childeric a Roman, a barbarian, or both? In this podcast we'll explore fifth-century identity and politics.
Thomas F.X. Noble (ed.), From Roman Provinces to Medieval Kingdoms, Routledge (2006).
Edward James, Europe's Barbarians AD 200-600, Taylor & Francis (2009).
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)