Its interesting reading. Clovis, the Frank, was the son of Childerec who served the Romans in one capacity or the other. Childeric carved a smallish kingdom out of northern Gaul for himself and gave it over to his son who proceeded to create the first Frankish Monarchy, led by his family the Merovingians. For the next 250 years the Merovingians fought each other like lions...even their Queens such as Brunhild...waged constant and bloody war with each other. They eventually grind themselves down so that the steward, Pippen is able to to take control of the Kingdom. His son Charles Martel and his son Charlesmagne rebuild Frankish power. After there is a long line of seeming knuckleheads, Louis the Pious, Charles the Fat, Charles the Bald and so on.
All they seem to do is get their crowns made into ass hats and these ass hats handed to them by the Vikings.
Perhaps Stewards should not rule Kingdoms, but warlords should!