Person Sheet

Name Clotaire(Chlothar) I of France King of Franks103, M
Birth Date abt 497
Birth Place Reims, Neustrasia
Death Date 23 Nov 561 Age: 64
Death Place Braines, France
Father Clovis I of France King of Franks , M (~467-511)
Mother Queen Clotilde(Chrotechildis) of Burgundy , F (~475-548)
Misc. Notes
Clotaire I (also Chlothar or Chloderic, sometimes called le Vieux or the Old) (497 – 561), a 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 brother 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
1 Queen Ingonde(Ingund) of Franks103, F
Birth Date ABT 0499/0502
Birth Place Thuringia
Father King Baderic of Thuringia , M
Mother ? Unknown , F
Misc. Notes
Ingonde, Ingund, or Ingunda (born c.499, Thuringia) was the daughter of King Baderic of Thüringia (c.480 - c.529. She was the wife of Clotaire I and queen of the Franks. She was the mother of Chram, Charibert I, Guntram, and Sigebert I. She was the sister of Clotaire's wife Aregund.
Marr Date 517
Marr Place France
Children Charibert I , M (~520-567)
2 Aregund of Thuringia103, F
Birth Date 500/510
Father King Baderic of Thuringia , M
Mother ? Unknown , F
Misc. Notes
Arégonde, Aregund, or Aregunda (French: Arnegonde de Worms) (Worms, c.515-573) was the wife of Clotaire I, king of the Franks, and the mother of Chilperic I of Neustria. She was the sister of Ingund, one of Clotaire's other wives. She may have been born sometime between 500 and 510 and may have died sometime between 580 and 590.
Her sepulchre, among dozens of others, was discovered in 1959 in the Saint Denis Basilica by archaeologist Michel Fleury. It contained remarkably well-preserved clothing items and jewelery, which were used to identify her.
In an episode of the television series "Digging for the Truth" (aired in May 2006), host Josh Bernstein arranged a DNA test of a sample of her remains, to see if it showed any Middle Eastern characteristics. It did not. It is not known why Bernstein chose to test the DNA of the wife of a Merovingian king as opposed to a direct descendent of the Merovingian line, which logically would have been the only way to test the hypothetical Middle-Eastern origin of the Merovingian bloodline.
Children Chilperic I , M (<535-584)
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