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Franks

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Subject Religion » Christianity

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631232032.2001.x


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A term often applied pejoratively by eastern christians and Muslims alike to the peoples of Western Europe. This practice can be dated to the period of Charlemagne, although the term's more ambiguous resonances were acquired during the crusades . Since the nineteenth century it has been used most commonly of the local Roman Catholic communities of Greece and the Near East, also known as Franco-Levantines and distinguished from eastern catholics . ‘Franks’ can also be used, particularly by Muslims, to denote all foreigners. See also outremer . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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