466 - 511
Clovis I was the founder of the Merovingian (476-751) kingdom in Gaul.
He is widely regarded as the originator of France.
Clovis was born in Tournai (Belgium). He succeeded his father as Frankish chieftain in 481.
He unified the Franks and within twelve years had conquered all of northern Gaul. He defeated the Burgundians and drove the Visigoths from southern France.
He became a Christian in 498 and established his capital in Paris.
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On Clovis by Gregory of Tours