Lucius King Of Britain
M, b. circa 140, d. December 3, 201
- Birth: Lucius King Of Britain was born circa 140 in Britain.
- Death: He died on December 3, 201 in St Mary Le Lode, Gloucester, England.
F, b. circa 160
- Birth: Gladys was born circa 160.
M, b. circa 123
- Birth: Eugein was born circa 123 in Britain.
Genebald Duke Of The East Franks
M, b. circa 363, d. circa 419
- Birth: Genebald Duke Of The East Franks was born circa 363 in France.
- Marriage: He was married in 375.
- Death: He died circa 419.
Dagobert Prince Of Franks
M, b. circa 347, d. 389
- Birth: Dagobert Prince Of Franks was born circa 347 in Germany.
- Death: He died in 389.
Wedelphus King Of Thuringia
M, b. circa 375
- Birth: Wedelphus King Of Thuringia was born circa 375 in Thuringia, Germany.
M, b. circa 415
- Birth: Ferreolus Tonantius was born circa 415.
F, b. circa 415
- Birth: Papinilla Avitusf was born circa 415.
Ferreolus Of Rome
M, b. circa 375
- Birth: Ferreolus Of Rome was born circa 375 in Rome, Italy.
Daughter Of Flavius
F, b. circa 380
- Birth: Daughter Of Flavius was born circa 380 in Rome, Italy.
Flavius Afranius Syagrious
M, b. circa 350
- Birth: Flavius Afranius Syagrious was born circa 350.
Marcus Maecilius Avitus
M, b. circa 395, d. October 456
- Birth: Marcus Maecilius Avitus was born circa 395 in Rome, Italy.
- Death: He died in October 456.
Agricola Of Rome
M, b. circa 375
- Birth: Agricola Of Rome was born circa 375 in Rome, Italy.
- Occupation: He was a Consul of Rome.
Charlbert I King Of Paris
M, b. 520, d. May 7, 567
- Birth: Charlbert I King Of Paris was born in 520 in Paris, Paris, Ile-de-France, France.
- Death: He died on May 7, 567, at age ~47.
Ingoberge Queen Of Paris
F, b. circa 520
- Birth: Ingoberge Queen Of Paris was born circa 520 in Paris, Paris, Ile-de-France, France.
Clotaire I King Of The Franks
M, b. circa 497, d. November 23, 561
- Birth: Clotaire I King Of The Franks was born circa 497 in Rheims, Marne, Loire-Alantique, France.
- Death: He died on November 23, 561 in Braines, Loire Atlantique, France.
- Note: According to Edward James in his book, "The Franks", "When CLOVIS died in 511 the kingdom was divided among his four sons. Traditionally historians have said that this was merely following Frankish inheritance customs. But, as Ian Woods has argued, it may rather have been an expedient forced by QUEEN CLOTILDA, to prevent CLOVIS' eldest son, Theuderic (her step-son) from cutting her own three young sons, Childebert, Chlodomer, and this Clothar, out of the inheritance completely." These joint kings further consolidated the power they had inherited. They defined the frontier with the Visigoths. They conquered Burgundy and killed King Gundobad's sons, thus avenging their mother. They began applying pressure on the Germans to their east and the Italians to their south. In brief, they made Francia the predominant power in western Europe. When Chlodomer died, his three little sons were sent to Paris to be put under the care of their grandmother, CLOTILDA. She was so fond of them that their uncles, CLOTHAR and Childebert, were afraid that she would require that their father's inheritance should be given to them. So they asked her to send the boys to them on a visit, and as soon as they arrived, a messenger was sent to the queen with a sword and a pair of scissors, desiring her to choose. This meant that she should choose whether the poor boys should be killed, or have their heads shaven and become monks. CLOTILDA answered thta she would rather see them dead than monks. In 533 CLOTHAR killed the eldest, who was only ten, with his sword. The second clung to Childebert and begged for his life, but CLOTHAR forced his brother to release him, and killed him too. The third boy, whose name was Chlodoald, was helped by Childebert to escape, and when he grew older he went into a monestery. He was so good a churchman that he became known as Saint Cloud. The last surviving son of his father, CLOVIS, Clothar was the sole ruler of the Franks from 558 until his death in 561. Clothar had seven sons by three wives: Gunther, Childeric, Charibert, Guntram, and SIGEBERT by Ingonde; CHILPERIC by INGONDE's sister, HAREGONDE; and Chramn by Chunsina. Gunther and Childeric died before their father, and Chramn, who rebeled against him was burnt alive, together with his wife and children, on Clothar's orders. Clothar himself died on the anniversary of Chramn's death. (Gregory of Tours implied that this was the hand of God's justice.) At this point history repeats itself in that Clothar, who was one of four sons to inherit a partitioned kingship left four sons to succeed him - Charibert (who died first), CHILPERIC I (who got Neustria), Guntram (who got Burgundy), and SIGEBERT I (who got Austrasia). This is the starting point in a tale of interfamily intrigue in which truth is indeed stranger than fiction. As it involves two separate lines and several individuals, I will tell it here, all in one place, rather than try to split it up as separate biographies of thse involved : ATHANAGILD, king of the Visigoths (RIN 2464) had two daughters, BRUNHILDA and Galswintha. They were married to two of the sons of CLOTHAR, SIGEBERT I and CHILPERIC I respectively. CHILPERIC had a wife of low birth named FREDEGONDE whom he put aside to marry Galswintha. One day Galswintha was found strangled under conditions very incriminating to CHILPERIC and FREDEGONDE. This pair was immediately remarried. BRUNHILDA's driving passion became to avenge her sister. FREDEGONDE was as ruthless and strong willed as BRUNHILDA and the two queens became archenemies. Throughout the 560's, 70's, & 80's, There was constant warfare, intrigue, and a shifting of alliances between the three royal brothers and the two queens, the intricate details of which would be too involved to relate here. BRUNHILDA's husband, SIGEBERT I, was the first of the brothers to die in 575. It was universaly accepted that he had been the victim of an assasination plot by FREDEGONDE. As Sigebert's son, CHILDEBERT II, was only five years old, Austrasia came to be ruled by a group advisors. CHILDEBERT's uncle, Guntram, king of Burgundy, who, over the years, shifted his alliance back and forth between Austrasia and Neustria, was allied with SIGEBERT at the time of his assasination. Guntrum, whose own children had all died of illnesses, even made CHILDEBERT his heir in Burgundy and took on the role as his protector against CHILPERIC. CHILDEBERT's advisors, however, sabotaged the Burgundian alliance and sought to form an alliance with CHILPERIC. Queen BRUNHILDA, who was now just in her mid twenties, was, of course, at odds with this policy. Shortly after her husband's death, BRUNHLDA fell into the hands of her enemies and was forced to marry CHILPERIC's son, Merovech. Since he was her nephew by marriage, the church annulled the marriage as incestuous. This did not deter Merovech's brother from also tring to marry her. This so incensed his step-mother, FREDEGONDE, that she had him assasinated. In 584, CHILPERIC also died (another of FREDEGONDE's assasinations - she arranged to have her husband stabbed to death while returning from a hunting trip). FREDEGONDE tried, on sevaral occasions, to assisinate CHILDEBERT, BRUNHILDA, and Guntram. FREDEGONDE also had all of her step children killed. All of her own children had died as infants, but she was carrying another of CHILPERIC's children when he was killed. This child was CLOTHAR II. FREDEGONDE ruled Neustria as his regent. As CHILDEBERT grew older, he and his queen mother BRUNHILDA eliminated the Austrasian aristocrats who opposed them one by one. Upon King Guntram's death in 592 BRUNHILDA became regent for CHILDEBERT in both Austrasia and Burgundy. In 596 CHILDEBERT died and BRUNHILDA was regent for CHILDEBERT's two sons, THEUDEBERT II (who became king of Austrasia) and Theuderic II (who became king of Burgundy). In 597 FREDEGONDE died. Her son, CLOTHAR II, only 13 years old at the time, eventually firmly established his position as king in Neustria. Meanwhile, BRUNHILDA's two grandsons were quarreling. Theuderic was taken prisoner by THEUDEBERT and forced to become a monk. He was put to death soon after. THEUDEBERT died a short time later. THEUDEBERT's daughter married the Duke of Bavaria which became one of our lines of descent through CHARLES MARTEL (RIN 2451) and the emporer LOUIS THE PIOUS (RIN 1212). At this point we find BRUNHILDA firmly in control of all of Francia except for CLOTHAR II's small kingdom of Neustria. Theuderic II's son, Sigebert II, succeeded to the kingship of Austrasia upon his father's death in 613. This made BRUNHILDA perhaps the only ruling queen great grandmother in all of recorded history. Our story finally comes to an end when CLOTHAR II attacks and defeats BRUNHILDA's forces. BRUNHILDA's great grandchildren are killed. In 613 BRUNHILDA is slain. CLOTHAR II becomes the first man to rule a united Francia since the time of his grandfather, Clothar I (whose biography, lest we forget, this is). Christopher Cope, in his book, "The Lost Kingdom of Burgundy", gives a good succinct obituary for BRUNHILDA : ". . . her own end was brutally dramatic. In 613, when she was about sixty-three, she was overwhelmed and captured by the Franks in a battle on the shores of Lake Neuchatel in north-west Switzerland. She was tortured for three days and set on a camel as a mark of derision; there cannot have been many in Christian Europe in those days. Then she was tied by her flowing white hair by an arm and a foot to the tail of a vicious stallion which her captors lashed to fury until her limbs were torn from her body. With the passing of this queen of Burgundy, heroic, legendary and larger-than-life, we take one more step into the gloom that accompanied the disintegration of the classical world."
Ingonde Queen Of The Franks
F, b. 502
- Birth: Ingonde Queen Of The Franks was born in 502 in Thuringia, Germany.
Clovis I King Of The Franks
M, b. December 24, 466, d. November 27, 511
- Birth: Clovis I King Of The Franks was born on December 24, 466 in Rheims, Marne, Loire-Alantique, France.
- Marriage: He and Clotilde Queen Of The Franks were married in 493 in France.
- Death: Clovis I King Of The Franks died on November 27, 511, at age 44, in Church Of Saint Pierre, France.
- Note: He married Clothilde of Burgundy.(2643) Clothilde was born 475 in Bourgogne, FRA. (Additional notes for Clothilde of Burgundy(2644)) Clothilde died June 03, 548 in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France, at 72 years of age. Clovis also called Louis was the first King of all the Franks. He succeeded his father in 481 at age 15. His capitol started out at Rheims and later he moved it to Paris. He was responsible for Salic Law being written in the year 500.
His wife, Clothilde, introduced him to Christianity. He and 3000 followers were baptized at Rheims on Christmas Day in 496. When Clovis first heard the story of Christ's Crucifixion, history quotes him, "If I had been there with my valiant Franks, I would have avenged Him." (C-336, p. I)
Clovis I, in German, Chlodwig (circa 466-511), king of the Franks (481-511) and first important ruler of the Merovingian dynasty. He succeeded his father, Childeric I, as king of the Salian Franks. His career focused largely on forging the Salian Franks on the northern Rhine River and the Ripuarian Franks on the lower Rhine into a single dominion. He began with a victory in 486 over Syagrius, the last Roman governor in northern Gaul. By 493, when he married the Bourguignon princess Clotilda (later canonized as St. Clotilda), Clovis had defeated many petty princes whose territories had surrounded his capital at Soissons. He next came into conflict in 496 with the confederation of Germanic tribes known as the Alamanni, who inhabited land east of his domains. According to legend, it was only by invoking the God of his Christian wife, Clotilda, that he defeated his enemy. Clotilda was almost certainly instrumental in Clovis's conversion to Christianity, and he was baptized in 496. He became the champion of orthodox Christians in every part of Gaul and was supported effectively by the church in all his campaigns. He continued to fight the Alamanni, who were completely conquered by 506; the next year the Visigoths were decisively defeated when their king, Alaric II, was killed by Clovis in a battle near Poitiers. Clovis made Paris the capital of the Frankish kingdom, which at that time included most of present-day France and southwestern Germany. According to Salian custom, he divided his kingdom among his four sons.
"Clovis I," Microsoft(R) Encarta(R) 98 Encyclopedia. (c) 1993-1997 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Clotilde Queen Of The Franks
F, b. circa 475, d. June 3, 548
- Birth: Clotilde Queen Of The Franks was born circa 475 in Bourgogne, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France.
- Marriage: She and Clovis I King Of The Franks were married in 493 in France.
- Death: Clotilde Queen Of The Franks died on June 3, 548 in Tours, Touraine, Indre-Et-Loire, France.
Childeric I King Of The Franks
M, b. 436, d. November 26, 481
- Birth: Childeric I King Of The Franks was born in 436 in Westphalia, Germany.
- Marriage: He and Basina Queen Of The Franks were married in 465 in Germany.
- Death: Childeric I King Of The Franks died on November 26, 481, at age ~45.
Basina Queen Of The Franks
F, b. 440
- Birth: Basina Queen Of The Franks was born in 440 in Thuringia, Germany.
- Marriage: She and Childeric I King Of The Franks were married in 465 in Germany.
Merovee King Of The Franks
M, b. circa 415, d. 458
- Birth: Merovee King Of The Franks was born circa 415 in France.
- Death: He died in 458.
- Note: He was King of the Salian Franks where the Merovingian line descended from. His name was also spelled Merovech and Merewig.
Verica Queen Of The Franks
F, b. circa 419
- Birth: Verica Queen Of The Franks was born circa 419 in Westphalia, Germany.
Chilperic King Of Burgundy
M, b. 460, d. 504
- Birth: Chilperic King Of Burgundy was born in 460 in Bourgogne, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France.
- Death: He died in 504, at age ~44.
M, b. circa 443
- Birth: Nascien was born circa 443 in France.