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Mayors of the palace


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    • Maiores palatii
    • Majores palatii
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    • found: Work cat: Hermann, E. Das Hausmeieramt, ein echt germanisches Amt, 1970.
    • found: Britannica.com, academic edition, February 18, 2015(Mayor of the palace, official of the western European kingdoms of the 6th-8th century, whose status developed under the Merovingian Franks from that of an officer of the household to that of regent or viceroy; the Merovingian kings adopted the system by which great landowners of the Roman Empire had employed a major domus (mayor, or supervisor, of the household) to superintend the administration of numerous, often scattered, estates; the Merovingians appointed a major palatii (mayor of the palace) to perform a similar function; the mayor gradually acquired further duties and powers: he obtained authority over court personnel, advised the king on the appointment of counts and dukes, protected the commendati (persons commended to the king) and the king's wards, and eventually even came to command the royal army; it was probably a long series of Merovingian child kings from the late 6th century onward that enabled the mayors of the palace, as tutors of the young rulers, to gain control of the government)
    • found: Merriam-Webster.com, February 18, 2015(Mayor of the palace, an official under the Frankish kings who originally was the chief officer of the royal household, later prime minister, and under the later Merovingians practically sovereign)
    • found: King, P. Law and society in the Visigothic Kingdom, 2006p. 56 (maiores palatii)
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