FRANKS,  King Clovis I Merovingian of The

FRANKS, King Clovis I Merovingian of The

Male 466 - 511  (45 years)

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  • Name FRANKS, Clovis I Merovingian of The  
    Prefix King 
    Born 466  , Reims, , France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Title (Facts Pg King Of The Franks 
    Died 27 Nov 511  St. Pierre, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Church Of The Holy Apostles, Paris, Seine, France Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • Merovingian Franks ruler
      Chlodovech of the Franks
      SOURCES: LDS ancestral file #9GBK-KK and IR CD # 66 Pin # 153468 (
      "Ancestors/Descendants of Royal Lines" (Contributors: F. L. Jacquier (History of Charlemagne by Christian Settipani); L. Orlandini, ManuelAbranches de Soveral, Reynaud de Paysac, F.L. J P de Palmas (Aurejacet Tournemire; Frankish line; The Complete Peerage, Jacquier (Genealogy of Lewis Carroll, Justin Swanstrom, The Royal Families of England Scotland & Wales by Burkes Peerage; Debrett's Peerage & Baronage; Tableof descendants French Canadian Genealogical Society; Families of Monfort-sur-Risle & Bertrand de Bricquebec; The Dukes of Normandy, XXXXI),A. Brabant ("Dynastie Montmorency, Michel d'Herbigny), Paul Leportier,Claude Barret, H.R. Moser (Burke Peerage), O.Guionneau, L.B. de Rouge, E. Polti, N. Danican (Britain's Royal Families; Buthlaw, Successionof Strathclyde, the Armorial 1961-62) A.Terlinden (Genealogy of theexisting British Peerage, 1842), L. Gustavsson, C. Cheneaux, E. Lodge,S.Bontron (Brian Tompsett), R. Dewkinandan, H. de la Villarmois, C. Donadello; Scevole de Livonniere, H. de la Villarmois, I. Flatmoen,P. Ract Madoux (History of Morhange; Leon Maujean; Annuaire de Lorraine, 1926; La Galissonniere: Elections d'Arques et Rouen), Jean de Villoutreys (ref: Georges Poull), E. Wilkerson-Theaux (Laura Little), O. Auffray, A. Brabant (Genealogy of Chauvigny of Blot from "Chanoine Prevost Archiviste du Diocese de Troyes Union Typographique Domois Cote-d'Or 1925), Emmanuel Arminjon (E Levi-Provencal Histoire de l'Espagne Andalouse), Y. Gazagnes-Gazanhe, R. Sekulovich and J.P. de Palmas ("notes pierfit et iconographie Insecula", Tournemire), H de Riberolles (Base Tournemire), Franck Veillon; ,(Histoire Généalogique de la Maison de Hornes, Bruxelles 1848; Notice Historique Sur L'Ancien Comté de Hornes, Gand 1850; Europäische Stammtafeln, Marburg 1978); E.Driant / "LaMaisonde Damas" par Hubert Lamant, 1977 (Bibliothèque municipale d'Eaubonne)
      "Holy Blood, Holy Grail", by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln, Delta trade paperbook, 2004, genealogy charts pgs. 248-249, 262-263, 266-267.
      "The Ancestry of Overmire Tifft Richardson Bradford Reed" Larry Overmire

      According to the genealogy chart on pages 248-249 of "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" by Baigent, Leigh, and Lincoln
      Upon the death of Clovis I, the kingdom was split among his four sons.

      Event: Event 1 486 defeated the last great Roman army in Gaul
      Event: Title 1 King of the Franks Note:
      The descendants of Clovis the Great (Clovis Magnus) are found: The Merovingian Kingdoms, Ian Wood, p 344-345.Notes from World Book Encyclopedia:Clovis I, (466?-511), King of the Franks, became the first powerful ruler of the Merovingian dynasty, the founders of the French state.In 481, when Clovis inherited the royal title, he was only one of several Franceankish kings. Then, in 486, he defeated the last great Roman army in Gaul. In one comapign after another, he defeated the Alamanni, the VIsigoths and the Burgundians. By 507 he ruled over most of Gaul, western Germany and the Low Countries of northwestern Europe.Clovis wasthe first Germanic king to become an orthodox Christian. Most Germanicrulers either became Arian heretics or remained pagans. By his conversion to Chrristianity, Clovis won the support of his Cahtholic subjects, including the clergy.Other notes:Clovis (Chlodovech) (circa 466-511], king of the Salian Franks, son of Childeric I, whom he succeeded in481. At that date the Salian Franks had advanced as far as the river Somme, and the centre of their power was at Tournai. On this history ofClovis between the years 481 and 486 the records are silent. In 486heattacked Syagrius, a Roman general who, after the fall of the westernempire in 476, had carved out for himself a principality south of theSomme, and is called by Gregory of Tours "rex Romanorum." Afterbeing defeated by Clovis at the battle of Soissons, Syagrius sought refuge with the Visigothic king Alaric II, who handed him over to the conqueror. Henceforth Clovis fixed his residence at Soissons, which wasin the midst of public lands, e.g., Berny-Rivière, Juvigny, etc. The episode of the vase of Soissons has a legendary character, and all that itproves is the deference shown by the pagan king to the orthodox clergy. Clovis undoubtedly extended his dominion over the whole of Belgica Secunda, of which Reims was the capital, and conquered the neighbouring cities. Little is known of the history of these conquests. It appears that St. Geneviève defended the town of Paris against Clovis for a long period, and that Verdun-sur-Meuse, after a brief stand, accepted an honourable capitulation thanks to St. Euspitius. In 491 some barbarian troops in the service of Rome, Arboruchi Thuringians, and even Roman soldiers who could not return to Rome, went over to Clovis and swelled the ranks of his army.In 493 Clovis married a Burgundian princess,Clotilda, niece of Gundobald and Godegesil, joint kings of Burgundy. This princess was a Christian, and earnestly desired the conversion ofher husband. Although Clovis allowed his children to be baptized, he remained a pagan himself until the war against the Alamanni, who at the timeoccupied the country between the Vosges and the Rhine and the neighbourhood of Lake Constance. By pushing their incursions westward they came into collision with Clovis who marched against them and defeated them in the plain of the Rhine. The legend runs that, in the thickest ofthe fight, Clovis swore that he would be converted to the God of Clotilda if her God would grant him the victory. After subduing a part of the Alamanni, Clovis went to Reims, where he was baptized by St. Remigius on Christmas day 496, together with 3,000 Franks. The story of thephial of holy oil brought from heaven by a white dove for the baptismof Clovis was invented by archbishop Hincmar of Reims threecenturies after the event.The baptism of Clovis was an event of very great importance. From that time the orthodox Christians in the kingdom of the Burgundians and Visigoths looked to Clovis to deliver them from their Arian kings. Clovis seems to have failed in the case of Burgundy, which was at that time torn by the rivalry between Godegesiland his brother Gundobald. Godegesil appealed for help to Clovis, whodefeated Gundobald on the banks of the Ouche near Dijon, and advancedas faras Avignon (500), but had to retire without being able to retain any of his conquests. Immediately after his departure Gundobald slew Godegesil at Vienne, and seized the whole of the Burgundian kingdom. Cloviswas more fortunate in his war with the Visigoths. Having completed the subjugationof the Alamanni in 506, he marched against the Visigothic king AlaricII in the following year in spite of the efforts of Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths, to prevent the war. After a decisive victory at Vouillé near Poitiers, in which Clovis slew Alaric with his own hand, thewhole of the kingdom of the Visigoths as far asthe Pyrenees was addedto the Frankish empire, with the exception of Septimania, which, together with Spain, remained in possession of Alaric's grandson, Amalaric, and Provence, which was seized by Theodoric and annexed to Italy. In 508 Clovis received at Tours the insignia of the consulship from the eastern emperor, Anastasius, but the title was purely honorific. The last years of his life Clovis spent in Paris, which he made the capital of his kingdom; there he built the church of the Holy Apostles, known later as the church of Ste. Geneviève. By murdering the petty Frankish kings who reigned at Cambrai, Cologne and other residences he became the sole king of all the Frankish tribes. He died in 511.Clovis was the true founder of the Frankish monarchy. He reigned over the Salian Franks by hereditary right; over the other Frankish tribes by reason of his kinship with their kings and by the choiceof the warriors, who raised him on the shield, and he governed the Gallo-Romans by rightof conquest. He had the Salic law drawn up, doubtless between the years 486 and 507, and seems to have been represented in the cities by a new functionary, the 'graf.' 'comes,' or count. He owed hissuccess in great measure to his alliance with the church. He took theproperty of the church under his protection and in 511 convoked a council or Orléans, the canons of which have come down to us. Butwhile protecting the church, he maintained his authority over it. He intervened in nominating bishops, and the council of Orléans decided that no one but a priest's son could be ordained clerk without the kings order or the permission of the count. [Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1961 ed., Vol. 5, p. 856,Clovis].
    Person ID I68109  voyer_7_28_2008
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2010 

    Father FRANKS, King Childeric Cloderic I Merovingian of The,   b. 436, Westphalia, Saxony, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 481, Tournai, Flandre, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Mother FRANKS, Queen Basine II Von THURINGIA of the,   b. 438, Thuringia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 470  (Age > 33 years) 
    Family ID F63225  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 HERULE, Evochilde Amalaberge,   b. Abt 468,   d. 510  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    +1. AUSTRASIA, King Theuderic Thierry I D',   b. Abt 485, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 533 and 534  (Age ~ 48 years)
    Family ID F34440  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 BURGUNDY, Clotilda 'Chrotechild' De of France,   b. 474, , , Bourgogne, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 546, Monastery of Saint Martin de Tour, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 492 
    +1. COLOGNE, Blithilda of
    +2. FRANKS, Clotaire (Chlotar) of The of SOISSONS,   b. Abt 492, , Reims, , France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 561, Braine, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
     3. FRANKS, Childebert I of the of PARIS,   b. Abt 496,   d. 13 Dec 1558  (Age ~ 106 years)
    +4. MEROVINGIAN, Clotilde D',   b. Bef 498,   d. 531  (Age > 33 years)
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2010 21:44:16 
    Family ID F28002  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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