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Clovis I (Chlodovechus)
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Merovingian king; born AD 466, died 27 November 511. Son and successor (481 or 482) of Childeric, one of the Frankish kings in the region around Tournai; brother-in-law of Theoderic the Great; in 486 or 487 he defeated  Syagrius, the Roman governor in Gaul, and reached the Loire, the border with the West Goths. Between 492 and 494 he married the catholic Burgundian Chlothilde, and, after defeating the Alemanni at Zülpich (496 or 497), at Christmas 497 (498?, 499?) had himself baptized a catholic, unlike most Germanic kings, who were Arians. The baptism, said by  Gregorius

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Spitzbart, Günter (Herscheid), “Clovis I (Chlodovechus)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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