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Clodio, King of the Salian Franks
died: 447 & Mother: ? - Semi-legendary King of the Salian
Franks and father of Merovech, founder of the Merovingian Dynasty. Called
", the Long Hair" or ", the Hairy" because of the length of his hair. From
then on the Merovingians were called the "Long Haired Kings" and the cutting
of a king's hair represented his loss of royal power.
According to legend his father was Pharamond (r.409-426), the first King of the Salian Franks after the departure of the Romans from Gaul. In history, Clodio was probably real. He lived in Thuringian territory, and ruled at the same time as the semi-legendary kings Theudemer and Richemer. All that is known of his reign is that he took the town of Cambrai from the Romans. He was succeeded by his semi-legendary son Merovech. (Unlike Merovech and Clodio, Childeric I, Merovech's son, was very real and cannot be considered fictional.)
Merovech, King of the Salian Franks - died: 456 & Mother: ?
Childeric I, King of the Salian Franks Born:
c437 Died: 481 & Basina
Children: Clovis I, King of the Franks, Audofleda, Lanthechild
Clovis I, King of the Franks - Born: c466
Married (1): a concubine
Theuderic I, King of Metz
Married (2): Saint Clotilda
Chlodomer, King of Orleans, Childebert I, King of Paris, Chlotar I, King of the Franks, Chrotilda
Clovis I, King of the Franks
Chlotar, King of the Franks Born: ? Died: 561
Married (1): Guntheuc
Married (2): Radegund
Married (3): Ingund
Children: Gunthar, Childeric, Charibert I, King of Paris, Guntram, King of Burgundy, Sigebert I, King of Metz, Chlothsind
Married (4): Aregund
Children: Chilperic I, King of Soissons,
Married (1): Chunsina
Chlotar I, King of the Franks & Aregund
Chilperic I, King of Soissons - died: 584
Audovera - died: 580 - Audovera was the first wife of King Chilperic of Soissons and mother of four of his children. After the three sons had died, she was murdered by Chilperic and his other wife Queen Fredegund and Basina became a religious.
children: Theudebert died:575, Merovech, Clovis died:580 Basina
Married (2): Galswinth
Married (3): Fredegund
Children: Samson, Rigunth, Theuderic, Chlotar II, King of the Franks
Merovech - died:578 & Brunhild
- 545-613 - daughter of: Anthanagild, King of the Visigoths
& Goiswinth - Brunhild was married first to: Sigebert
I, King of Metz and their children were: Childebert II, King of Austrasia
and Burgundy, Ingund, and Chlodosind. She married second to: Merovech
THE MEROVINGIAN KINGS
Following the fall of the Western half of the Roman Empire,
the vacuum of government was filled by a series of Frankish Kings descended
from the semi-mythical Merovich. The Merovingian kings were known for their
long hair which in their day stood for the strength and leadership of these
semi-divine rulers. Unfortunately, their divinity was only semi, and they
self destructed with a series of decadent kings who followed a century
of family feuding which made the folks in Dynasty and Dallas look like
Clovis, Merovich's grandson, was truly the great Merovingian king. He united the Franks and conquered a territory including most of modern France and Germany. The Franks' success has been attributed to Clovis' decision, traditionaly in 496, to convert to Roman Christianity rather than embrace the Aryan heresy which was more popular among the barbarians. Conversion led to a strong alliance with those Romans still living in Western Europe, (read: powerful bishops) and eventually the "Roman Empire" of Charlemagne.
When Clovis died in 511, the kingdom was divided among his 4 sons who immediately began fighting. By 558, Chlothar I was the only one alive, ruling over a united Frank kingdom. This unity came to a quick end in 561 when Chlothar I died, leaving the kingdom divided among his 4 sons who repeated the pattern by trying to kill each other.
First Charibert I died and his lands were divided among the 3 surviving brothers (Guntram in Burgandy, Sigibert I in Austrasia, and Chilperic I in Neustria). Guntram, known for his piety, seems to either have stayed out of most of the conflicts or to act as a mediator or sorts. Sigibert and Chilperic give a whole new meaning to 'sibling rivalry.'
Their wives (Brunhild and Fredegund) contributed enough to the family battles for it to continue for 4 generations. It seems the problems started when Chilperic killed his first wife, Galswinth, who happened to be Brunhild's sister. She never forgave him or Fredegund who was probably behind the murder.
The family history includes the attempted marriage between Chilperic's son Merovech to his aunt, Brunhild. Both Sigibert (575) and Chilperic (584) were murdered, probably each by his sister in law (Fredegund and Brunhild respectively.
Chilperic's succesor was Chlothar II who may or may not have been Chilperic's son, since his mother, Fredegund, was known to avoid marital fidelity, probably reasoning that what was good for the Merovingian gander was equally good for the goose.
Brunhild had problems in addition to Fredegund. Most important was the growing power and independence of the aristocracy. By 613 things came to a head.
When Sigibert died, his son Childebert II became king of Austrasia. When Guntram died in 592, Childebert added Burgundy to his territory. When he died in 596, his kingdom was divided between his sons. Theudebert II got Austrasia; Theuderic II got Burgundy. Their grandmother, Brunhild, persuaded Theuderic to attack his brother, Theudebert, who died along with his infant son in 612. This left Austrasia to Theuderic. Unfortunately, he died a year later.
Brunhild tried to put Theuderic's son Sigibert on the throne so she could rule as regent. Unfortunately for her the magnates of Austrasia wanted no part of this. They formed an alliance with Chlothar II of Neustria and killed Brunhild, after a good day's torture, and her great grandson Sigibert. Brunhild was about 65 when she died.
The two leaders of the aristocrats who rebelled against Brunhild were Pippin and Arnulf. Pippin's daughter and Arnulf's son married and their descendants later ruled as the Carolingian kings.
Chlothar's son, Dagobert I, is considered to be the last effective Merovingian king. When he died in 638 a series of do-nothing kings (rois faineants) sat on the thrones of the Frankish kingdoms.