Clodius  (Merovingian) of the Franks

Clodius (Merovingian) of the Franks (abt. 0395 - 0448)

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Clodius (Chlodion) "Le Chevelu, Crintus Neptu, Long Haired" of the Franks formerly Merovingian
Born about in Cologne, Koln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germanymap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
Died in Cambray, Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Francemap
11 November 2015
22:40: John Atkinson added an unmerged match of DeKoeln-1 and Merovingian-57 with a comment. [Thank John for this]
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Categories: Disputed Existence | Merovingian Dynasty.

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Clodius is clearly legendary, but has been selected by Roger Travis as a more or less arbitrary cut-off point for our attempts at systematizing early medieval genealogy. He has therefore been cut off from legendary parentage from Faramond, e.g. [this profile], but has been made the father of Merovech to show his traditional relationship, though he is no more the father of Merovech (who almost certainly didn't exist), than he is the son of Faramond (who similarly almost certainly didn't exist).

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Chlodio "Chlogio"[1] (c.392/5 - 445/8)[2]

allegedly living around the time Theudemer and his mother were killed ... c.422[3]

According to Gregory of Tours, he lived in the castle of Dispargum, Thuringia. Chlodio's tribe renounced the suzerainty of Rome after 428 and broke across the Scheldt River, spreading southward into Gaul and occupying the region as far as the Somme. The Franks seized Tournai and Cambrai, but their defeat (c. 431) by the Roman military commander, magister utriusque militiae Flavius Ætius, at Helena (Hélesme), prevented further expansion. He made peace with Ætius and died c. 447/448.


Preceded by
Frankish king
early 5th century
Succeeded by


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Chlodio's, parents are UNKNOWN. The 7th century Chronicle of Fredegar, took liberties to write him in, as a son of Theodemer.

Theudemer (living late 4th century / early 5th century),[4][5] is cited as a son of Ricimer and Ascylla, from sources which precede, Gregory of Tours. But while Gregory, stressed discontinuity of Frankish rule, it's the 7th century Chronicle of Fredegar, that took liberties to write in Chlodio (Chlogio), as a son of Theodemer.[6]

Gregory of Tours:
"We read in the Fasti Consulares that Theodomer, king of the Franks, son of Richimer, and Ascyla his mother, were once on a time slain by the sword. They say also that Chlogio, a man of ability and high rank among his people, was king of the Franks then, and he dwelt at the stronghold of Dispargum which is within the borders of the Thuringians."[7]


Gregory of Tours, doesn't say much about the specifics of Chlodio's family. But he did mention that, "certain authorities assert that king Merovech, whose son was Childeric, was of the family of Chlogio."

It's, the Chronicle of Fredegar (c. 660s), that came up with the tall tale about Chlodio's alleged wife, getting impregnated by a creature from the sea, and birthing Merovech. This was apparently done to create a fabricated Christian (divine) link, and deny the paganism ... which Gregory of Tours had already pointed out. [8]

In addition, the Liber Historiæ Francorum, also created his fictional son and successor, Pharmond.[9] But aside from this... there doesn't seem to be much evidence for a known spouse or children.

Gregory of Tours:
"Beyond the Loire the Goths were in control; the Burgundians also, who belonged to the sect of the Arians, dwelt across the Rhone in the district which is adjacent to the city of Lyons. And Chlogio sent spies to the city of Cambrai, and they went everywhere, and he himself followed and overcame the Romans and seized the city, in which he dwelt for a short time, and he seized the land as far as the river Somme. Certain authorities assert that king Merovech, whose son was Childeric, was of the family of Chlogio."[10]


Cawley, C. (2006). "Early Frankish leaders in Gaul." Medieval Lands v.3.[11]

Reimitz, H. (2015). History, Frankish Identity and the Framing of Western Ethnicity, 550-850, (pp.169). Cambridge University Press. eBook.[12]

Space: Gregory of Tours -- cites Sulpicius Alexander, (lost)

Kurth, G. (1909). The Franks. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved September 21, 2015 from New Advent. Web.[13]

New Advent.[14]

Wikipedia: Clodio

R. P. Anselme, Histoire de la maison royale de France et des grands officiers de la Couronne, Paris: Estienne Loyson, 1674; Gregory of Tours, History of the Franks, Book 2, chapter 9; Image: A medal by Jean Dassier (Medaille Histoire chronologique des rois de France: en 70 jetons).

NOTE FOR EDITORS TO KEEP TRACK OF DUPLICATES AND MERGES: Wikipedia states, his parents were the Frankish king, Theodemer,[15] and (disputed) Argotta UNKNOWN. It also disputes his alleged only child, MEROVECH.[16] ... However, Wikipedia's stub has linked him with basina (lady) ____ (?), "a daughter of Wedelphus, alleged king of the Thuringii."[17] The encyclopedia, also states that he ruled with the fictional Pharamond of the Liber Historiae Francorum, (c.727).[18]


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On November 12, 2015 at 03:40GMT John Atkinson wrote:

DeKoeln-1 and Merovingian-57 are not ready to be merged because: Another merge with Merovingian-57 is set as I merged match owing to a discussion about the most appropriate LNAB. This merge should also wait until that outcome is settled.

On November 7, 2015 at 06:51GMT John Atkinson wrote:

Franks-533 and Merovingian-57 are not ready to be merged because: Merovingian is the ppp, but Franks is probably the better LNAB, needs to be discussed.

On November 3, 2015 at 16:50GMT Bree Ogle wrote:

From what I've read so far, it's mostly speculation ... Just a tiny piece comes down from the lost work of Sulpicius Alexander, via Gregory of Tours. The embellishment comes much later.

On November 3, 2015 at 16:37GMT Bree Ogle wrote:

Of Franks-27 and Of The West Franks-14 do not represent the same person because: x

On October 14, 2015 at 01:15GMT John Atkinson wrote:

Does anyone know the source of the exact date he died? The only dates in the biography are uncertain. Similarly with the places he was born and died, are there sources for these places?

On October 13, 2015 at 00:39GMT Bree Ogle wrote:

For Ildegonde see Von_Köln-10

On October 12, 2015 at 23:48GMT Bree Ogle wrote:


According to Wikiipedia, there were 3 people named, Chlodowig ... but only 1 -- "Clovis I" -- lived near this time, during late 4th/early 5th century.[1] ... "Clovis became the first king of all Franks in 508, after he conquered Cologne, capital of the Ripuarian Franks."[2]

On October 6, 2015 at 14:16GMT Bob Wood wrote:

Is his death date correct, 378? I ask because the marriage date to Ildegonde is 429. Plus the birth date for daughter Vaerica is 418.

On August 21, 2015 at 20:33GMT Betty Warner wrote:

The brother and sister and first child do not match with the birth date of Clovis

On May 25, 2015 at 12:24GMT Marty Acks wrote:

Unknown-247989 and Merovingian-57 appear to represent the same person because: Same historical/legendary figure

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