The Last of the Merovingians

Illustration

Harrison W. Mark
by Évariste Vital Luminais
published on 10 March 2023
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The Last of the Merovingians, oil on canvas by Évariste Vital Luminais, late 19th century. The painting depicts a young Merovingian having his hair cut. Known as the "Long-Haired Kings", the Merovingians' long hair symbolized their right to rule, and any Merovingian whose hair was cut short was deemed unfit for kingship. A common way for a Merovingian to dispose of a rival was to have him forcibly tonsured and exiled to a monastery, which is what is happening in this painting.

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Carcassonne.

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Luminais, É. V. (2023, March 10). The Last of the Merovingians. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/17170/the-last-of-the-merovingians/

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