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West Francia or the Kingdom of the West Franks

Neustrasia - Ancient Principality

Neustrasia , in  the Merovingian period (6th–9th century) of early feudal  Europe, was a western Frankish kingdom.    It is North West France west of the Meuse and north of the Loire rivers. In the 7th century Austrasia and Neustrasia were rivals.  In  later Merovingian periods, Neustrian writers used the names Neustria and Francia (France ) interchangeably, implying that Neustrasia formed the heart and core of the Frankish lands. Later, the name Neustrasia came to denote a much smaller area, and, by the 11th and 12th centuries, it was sometimes used synonymously with Normandy.

Neustrasia contains the Channel Islands.

In 748, the brothers Pepin the Short and Carloman gave their younger brother Grifo twelve counties in Neustria centred on that of Le Mans. This polity was termed the ducatus Cenomannicus, or Duchy of Maine, and this was an alternative name for the regnum of Neustria well into the 9th century.

The term "Neustria" took on the meaning of "land between the Seine and Loire" when it was given as a regnum (kingdom) by Charlemagne to his second son, Charles the Younger, in 790.


In 1204, the King of France confiscated the Duchy of Normandy (with only the Channel Islands remaining under English control) and subsumed it into the crown lands of France . Thereafter, the ducal title was held by several French princes.


Neustrasia was a Kingdom at one time.

Chilperic I (c. 539 – September 584) was the king of Neustrasia  (or Soissons) from 561 to his ... Chilperic I. King of Neustria. Reign, 561–584 ... Monarchs of France.


Rulers [edit]

Merovingian kings [edit]

Further information: List of Frankish kings

Mayors of the palace

Further information: Mayor of the Palace

Carolingian sub-kings

Further information: Carolingians

Louis was chased from Le Mans in 858 following the assassination of Erispoe in November 857.


Further information: Robertians