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Childeric I

Childeric I (c. 440 – 481/82).

Son of the semi-legendary Merovech.   Father of Clovis I.

The Salian Franks, in treaty with the Roman Empire, had settled in Belgica Secunda, between the Meuse and Somme rivers, making their capital at Tournai.

Childeric’s role as a barbarian ally of the Romans was important. He helped the Roman military commander Aegidius to repel the Visigoths near Orléans (463); at the request of Aegidius’ successor, Count Paulus, he attacked the Visigoths again in 469. Soon afterward he cleared Anglo-Saxon pirates from the district southwest of Orléans around Angers. Childeric’s tomb at Tournai was discovered in 1653.

The Salian Franks had - under the erms of a treaty with Rome - settled in Belgica Secunda, between the Meuse and Somme rivers, making their capital at Tournai.

Childeric’s role as a barbarian ally of the Romans was important. He helped the Roman military commander Aegidius to repel the Visigoths near Orléans in 463, and attacked the Visigoths again in 469.

Shortly after this he was instrumental in clearing cleared Anglo-Saxon pirates from the district southwest of Orléans around Angers.

Childeric's tomb was discovered in Tournai in 1653.

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