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  • ID: I6522
  • Name: Childeric I Merovingian
  • Given Name: Childeric I
  • Surname: Merovingian
  • Suffix: King of the Franks
  • Sex: M
  • _UID: 560A2AFA5118D811BE490080C8C142CCF4F3
  • Change Date: 26 Jun 2005
  • Note:
    Childeric I, (c. 437- c. 482), king of the Salian Franks, supposedly succeeded his father Merovech (Merwing) as king in 457 or 458. With his tribe he was established around the town of Tournai, on lands which he had received as a foederatus of the Romans, and for some time he kept the peace with his allies.

    About 463, in conjunction with the Roman General Aegidius, he fought against the Visigoths, who hoped to extend their dominion along the banks of the Loire River; after the death of Aegidius he assisted Count Paul in attempting to check an invasion of the Saxons. Paul having perished in the struggle, Childeric delivered Angers from some Saxons, followed them to the islands at the mouth of the Loire, and massacred them there. He also stopped a band of the Alamanni who wished to invade Italy.

    These are all the facts known about him. The stories of his expulsion by the Franks; of his stay of eight years in Thuringia with King Basin and his wife Basine; of his return when a faithful servant advised him that he could safely do so by sending to him half of a piece of gold which he had broken with him; and of the arrival at Tournai of Queen Basine, whom he married, are entirely legendary.

    After the fall of the Western Empire in 476 there is no doubt that Childeric regarded himself as freed from his engagements towards Rome. He died in 481 and was buried at Tournai, leaving a son Clovis, afterwards king of the Franks. His tomb was discovered in 1653, when numerous precious objects, arms, jewels, coins and a ring with a figure of the king, were found.
  • Birth: 436 in Westfalen, Germany
  • Death: 26 NOV 481

    Father: Merovee Merovingian b: ABT 415 in France
    Mother: Verica of Sweden b: ABT 419 in Westfalen, Germany

    Marriage 1 Basina Andovera von Thuringia b: ABT 438 in Thruingen
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Adelbert Ferreolus
    2. Has Children Audofleda of the Franks b: ABT 460
    3. Has Children CLOVIS @ OF FRANKS b: ABT 465 in Rheims, Marne, Loire-Atlantique, France
    4. Has No Children Chilperic Merovingian b: 445 in Bourgogne, France
    5. Has No Children Andelfieda Merovingian b: ABT 465

    Marriage 2 Spouse Unknown
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Chilperic II of Burgundy b: 448
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