The Salians inhabited the sea-coast, whereas the Ripuarians dwelt on the banks of the river Rhine.
These Ripuarians must have comprised a certain number of Frankish tribes, such as the Ampsivarii and the Bructeri.
The Ripuarians subsequently occupied all the country from Cologne to Trier.
In their southward progress the Ripuarians 1 The chronicler Fredegarius and the author of the Liber historiae Francorum make Sunno and Marcomeres his predecessors, but in reality they were chiefs of other Frankish tribes.
There were numerous battles between the Ripuarians and the Alamanni; and the memory of one fought at Ziilpich has come down to us.
In this battle Sigebert, the king of the Ripuarians, was wounded in the knee and limped during the remainder of his life - hence his surname Claudus (the Lame).
The Ripuarians long remained allies of Clovis, Sigebert's son Chloderic fighting under the king of the Salian Franks at Vouille in 507.
Clovis, however, persuaded Chloderic to assassinate his father, and then posed as Sigebert's avenger, with the result that Chloderic was himself assassinated and the Ripuarians raised Clovis on the shield and chose him as king.
Of the law of the Ripuarians; the 35 MSS.
The Goths across the Danube, passed beyond the Rhine and occupied north-eastern Gaul; Ripuarians of the Rhine establishing themselves on the Sambre and the Meuse, and Salians in Belgium, as far as the great fortified highroad from Bavai to Cologne.
On analysis, the law of the Ripuarians, which contains 89 chapters, falls into three heterogeneous divisions.