Clovis I and Clothar I
Made in Burgundy, c. 1250, Gothic
From the Abbey of Moutiers-Sainte-Jean
The First Two Kings of France, Of the Merovignian Dynasty
Clovis I was of the Salian Franks and was the first Frankish King to unite all of the Franks. His dynasty, The Merovignian after his family’s name, would rule France for the next Two centuries.While unable to subdue the Burgundians, he did defeat and conquer much of Aquitaine, and elimintaed Visogothic influence in France and the death of Alaric II. He was proclaimed King of all the Franks in 509 after he conquered Cologne.
He did mary Clotilde, princess of Burgundy and in 496 on Christmas day adopted her religion of Catholicism. He was baptised in Reims Cathedral, and this would be the crowning place of French Kings until the end of the Monarchy. Many Kings were interred there until the Abbey of Saint Denis would take it’s place.