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Clotaire I King of the Franks

Male 498 - 561  (63 years)

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  • Name Clotaire I King of the Franks 
    Born 498 
    Gender Male 
    Death 561 
    1 Source See Stirnet Genealogy at & "Royal and Noble Genealogical Data on the Web" by Brian Tompsett at Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Info 1 King of Soissons, Austrasia & Neustria. Clothaire I (Chlothar) 'Le Vieux' King Soissons Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 23 Nov 561  Compiegne, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I072680  Ancestorium

    Father Clovis I (Chlodovech) King of the Franks,   b. 463,   d. 511  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother Chrotechilde of Burgundy,   b. Abt 475,   d. 548  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Married Abt 496 
    Family ID F06532  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ingunde Radegund,   d. UNKNOWN 
     1. Sigebert I King of the Franks, King of Austrasia,   d. 575
     2. Charibert I King of Paris,   d. 567
    Family ID F06522  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Arnegunde,   d. UNKNOWN 
     1. Guntramm King of the Franks,   d. UNKNOWN
     2. Chilperic I King of Soissons & of the Franks,   d. Oct 584
     3. dau of Clotaire I King of the Franks Blitildis,   d. UNKNOWN
    Family ID F06526  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Ingonde von Thuringia,   d. UNKNOWN 
     1. Living
     2. Charibert I King of the Franks,   b. Abt 517, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 567, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years)
    Family ID F03447  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Chlothar I
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      Chlothar I (or Chloderic, Chlothachar, Chlotar, Clothar, Clotaire, Chlotochar, or Hlothar, giving rise to Lothair; 497 – 561), called the Old (le Vieux), King of the Franks, was one of the four sons of Clovis. He was born about 497 in Soissons (now in Aisne département, Picardie, France).

      On the death of his father in 511, he received, as his share of the kingdom, the town of Soissons, which he made his capital; the cities of Laon, Noyon, Cambrai, and Maastricht; and the lower course of the Meuse River. But he was very ambitious, and sought to extend his domain.

      He was the chief instigator of the murder of his brother Chlodomer's children in 524, and his share of the spoils consisted of the cities of Tours and Poitiers. He took part in various expeditions against Burgundy and, after the destruction of that kingdom in 534, obtained Grenoble, Die, and some of the neighbouring cities.

      When the Ostrogoths ceded Provence to the Franks, he received the cities of Orange, Carpentras, and Gap. In 531, he marched against the Thuringii with his nephew Theudebert I and in 542, with his brother Childebert I against the Visigoths of Spain. On the death of his great-nephew Theodebald in 555, Clotaire annexed his territories. On Childebert's death in 558 he became sole king of the Franks.

      He also ruled over the greater part of Germany, made expeditions into Saxony, and for some time exacted from the Saxons an annual tribute of 500 cows. The end of his reign was troubled by internal dissensions, his son Chram rising against him on several occasions. Following Chram into Brittany, where the rebel had taken refuge, Clotaire shut him up with his wife and children in a cottage, which he set on fire. Overwhelmed with remorse, he went to Tours to implore forgiveness at the tomb of St Martin, and died shortly afterwards.
      Clotaire's first marriage was to Guntheuc, widow of his own brother Chlodomer, sometime around 524. They had no children.

      His second marriage, which occurred around 532, was to Radegund, daughter of Bertachar, King of Thuringia, whom he and his brother Theuderic defeated. She was later canonized. They had no children.

      His third and most successful marriage was to Ingund, by whom he had five sons and a daughter:

      Gunthar, predeceased father
      Childeric, predeceased father
      Charibert, King of Paris
      Guntram, King of Burgundy
      Sigebert, King of Austrasia
      Chlothsind, married Alboin, King of the Lombards
      His next marriage was to a sister of Ingund, Aregund, with whom he had a son:

      Chilperic, King of Soissons
      His last wife was Chunsina (or Chunsine), with whom he had one son:

      Chram, who became his father's enemy and predeceased him