Childeric I


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Childeric I

(chĭl`dərĭk), c.436–481, Merovingian king of the Salian Franks (c.457–481), a Germanic tribe; son of Meroveus and father of Clovis IClovis I
, c.466–511, Frankish king (481–511), son of Childeric I and founder of the Merovingian monarchy. Originally little more than a tribal chieftain, he became sole leader of the Salian Franks by force of perseverance and by murdering a number of relatives.
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. Information on him is mostly legendary. His rule was that of a tribal chieftain. He defeated (463) the Visigoths at Orléans as an ally of the Roman general Aegidius. Subsequently he defeated the Saxons and the Alemanni. His tomb, containing armor and ornaments, was discovered in 1653 at his capital, near Tournai, Belgium.

Childeric I

 

Date of birth unknown; died 481 or 482. King of one of the tribes of Salian Franks. Ruled from about 457 in a region centered at Tournai. Father of Clovis I.

In alliance with the Roman commander Aegidius, Childeric fought first the Visigoths in 463 and then the Saxons. Under him the Franks continued their conquest of northern Gaul. In 1653, Childeric’s tomb was found at Tournai; it contained a battle axe, a sword, a spear, gold ornaments, and gold coins.