King Childeric FRANKS, I
(Abt 436-Abt 481)
Queen Basina Thuringia FRANKS
(Bef 382-Aft 470)
Chilperic BURGUNDY
(Abt 445-)
Mrs Burgundy Chilperic
(Abt 449-)
King Clovis FRANKS, I
(Abt 465-511)
Queen Saint Clotilda Burgundy FRANKS
(Abt 467-Abt 543)
King Chlotar FRANKS, I
(Abt 497-561)


Family Links

1. Queen Ingonde FRANKS

2. Queen Radegonde FRANKS
3. Concubine I Chunsene
4. Concubine II Gondinque Queen ORLEANS
5. Concubine III Waldrade

King Chlotar FRANKS, I

  • Born: Abt 497, Reims, Marne, Loire-Atlantique, France
  • Married (1): 21 Sep 520, , , France
  • Married (2): Abt 523-538
  • Died: 23 Nov 561, Braines, Loire-Atlantique, France
  • Buried: Abbey, St Medard, Soissons, Aisne, France

   Other names for Chlotar were "The Elder", Clotaire, Clotair, SOISSONS King, NEUSTRIA King, FRANKS King, Clothaire and "The Old".

   Ancestral File Number: 8HRB-02. User ID: 79319592218628.

   General Notes:

"The Old", "The Elder", King of NEUSTRIA and SOISSONS Reigned 511-558, King of the FRANKS Reigned 558-561.

Not Married Concubine I Chunsene Franks, Not Married Concubine II Queen Gondinque of Orleans, Not Married Concubine III Waldrade Franks.

Moutiers-Saint-Jean door- left-hand figure.
A Walk Through the Cloisters, Bonnie Young, Malcolm Varon, The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York 1979
p8: "The two kings were perhaps intended to be David and Solomon, the kings of Judah who were often associated in medieval art with scenes of the coronation of the Virgin. From at least the sixteenth century, however, the fugures were thought to represent Clovis, the first Christian ruler of France, and Clothar, his son and successor. The tradition is that Clovis, in the year of his conversion, probably 496, granted the monastery of Moutiers-Saint-Jean a charter that exempted it in perpetuity from both royal and ecclesiastical jurisdictions. The banderoles held by the sculptures may represent the supposed charter of 496 and the confirming charter said to have been granted by Clothar in 539."

Barber Grandparents: 125 Kings, 143 Generations, Ted Butler Bernard and Gertrude Barber Bernard, 1978, McKinney TX, p61: "175N Clothair I, King of the Franks, (S of 165, F of 188; married Radegunda, daughter of Hermanfried."

The Wall Chart of World History, Edward Hull, 1988, Studio Editions, France 511: "Clotair I, King of Neustria Soissons 511-558, Sole ruler Burgundy, Orleans, Paris, Metz, Austrasia, Soissons, and Neustria 558-561, his four sons divide the Kingdom..."

Europe in the Middle Ages, Robert S Hoyt, 1957, Harcourt Brace & Co, p43: "... The sons of Clovis were able to cooperate against external enemies, so that the Frankish kingdoms continued to expand. Burgundy was conquered in 534. Two years later Provence was occupied, bringing the Franks for the first time to the Mediterranean and into direct contact with the eastern Empire. One of Clovis' sons even invaded Italy, as an ally of Justinian who was then fighting the Ostrogoths, but the expedition gained nothing for the Merovingians. East of the Rhine the Franks fought their way farther into central Germany, conquering the Thuringians in 531.
"Within Gaul, the sons of Clovis showed no such cooperation. Each coveted the others' shares of the kingdom, and when not conquering foreign soil they spent their time fighting each other, using the techniques of treachery and subversion which Clovis had taught them. By 558 all but one of the brothers and their heirs had been eliminated, most of them by violent deaths. The survivor, Chlotar I, briefly reunited the kingdom (558-561). On his death the Merovingian realm was again divided among his four sons, and the civil wars were resumed on an even more savage and violent scale. The degeneracy, faithlessness, and congenital criminality of the sons of Chlotar I and of their queens and concubines are all vividly portrayed by Gregory, bishop of Tours, in his contemporary `History of the Franks'..."

The Story of Civilization, Will Durant, Vol IV, The Age of Faith, Ch IV, Europe Takes Form, Bk III Prelude to France, Sec 2 The Merovingians 511-614, p92: "Clovis, who had longed for sons, had too many at his death. To avoid a war of succession he divided his kingdom among them: Childebert received the region of Paris, Chlodomer that of Orleans, Chlotar that of Soissons, Theodoric that of Metz and Reims. With barbarian energy they continued the policy of unification by conquest. They took Thuringia in 530, Burgundy in 534, Provence in 536, Bavaria and Swabia in 555; and Chlotar I, outliving his brothers and inheriting their kingdoms, governed a Gaul vaster than any later France. Dying (561), he redivided Gaul into three parts: the Reims and Metz region, known as Austrasia (ie East), went to his son Sigebert; Burgundy to Gunthram; and to Chilperic the Soissons region, known as Neustria (ie Northwest)."
p94: "...Charibert had as mistresses two sisters, one a nun. Dagobert (628- 639) had three wives at once. Sexual excesses perhaps accounted for the exceptional sterility of the Merovingian kings: of Clovis' four sons only Chlotar had issue; of Chlotar's four sons only one had a child. The kings married at fifteen, and were exhausted at thirty; many of them died before the age of twenty-eight. By 614 the Merovingian house had spent its energy, and was ready to be replaced."

France A Modern History, Albert Guerard, 1959, Univ Michigan Press, p48: "The conquest of Gaul was all but completed by the sons of Clovis: they added Burgundy and Provence to their domains. Only Septimania (Languedoc, Narbonne) remained in the hands of the Visigoths, and later of the Arabs, until the reign of Pepin. In the east, the Frankish dominions extended far into what is now Germany, embracing the whole valley of the Rhine with that of its great tributary the Main. This immense empire retained its unity in theory: in practice, it was parceled out, without any regard for phycical geography or racial affinities, among the four sons of Clovis (511) and again among the four sons of Chloter (Clotaire) I (561)..."

The Kings of France, Claude Wenzler, Tran. Angela Moyon, Editons Quest-France 13 Rue du Breil, Rennes, France 1995, p11: "The Merovingians- Chlotar I The Elder- 497- 558- Compiegne 561 AD- Queen: Radegunda 519- 538- 587AD- Chlotar was Clovis' youngest son and he had to reconquer the lands belonging to his brothers. On his death, the kingdom was again divided between his four sons."

World Ancestral Chart No. 125360 Ancestors of Patricia Ann Kieffer.

Ancestral File Ver 4.11 8HRB-02 Clothaire I Born Abt 497 Died Abt 561, 9GBK-XG Clothaire I FRANKS King "The Old" Born Abt 497 Mar 21 Sep ?1820<520 Died Dec561, TSC Chlotar I, WCWH Clotaire I, FMH Chloter (Clotaire) I, Ancestral File Ver 4.10 9GBK-XG Died 23 Nov 561 Braines Loire Atlantique France.

   Marriage Information:

Chlotar married Queen Ingonde FRANKS on 21 Sep 520 in , , France. (Queen Ingonde FRANKS was born about 499-502 in , Thuringia, Germany.)

   Marriage Information:

Chlotar also married Queen Radegonde FRANKS, daughter of Hermanfried THURINGIA, about 523-538. (Queen Radegonde FRANKS was born in 519 and died in 587.)

   Marriage Information:

Chlotar also married Concubine I Chunsene.

   Marriage Information:

Chlotar also married Concubine II Gondinque Queen ORLEANS.

   Marriage Information:

Chlotar also married Concubine III Waldrade.

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