Clotaire. I. King of the Franks, the youngest son of Clovis and Clotilda, born in 497, died in 561. On his father's death in 511 he received as his kingdom a part of Neustria, the capital of which was Soissons, while his brothers, Clodomir and Childebert, were kings at Orleans and Paris, and the eastern part of the Frankish empire, Austrasia, was in the hands of Theodoric, the eldest son of Clovis. When Clodomir was killed in 531, Clotaire murdered two of his nephews to get possession of the kingdom of Orleans. His son Chramne having revolted against him, he ordered him to be burned alive with his wife and children. After the death of his brother Childebert, and of Theodoric's grandson, Clo-taire found himself in possession of the whole Frankish empire. He reigned after this but three years; and on his death the empire was divided among his four sons, Charibert, Gon-tran, Chilperic, and Sigebert. He was buried in the church of St. Medard at Soissons. II. King of the Franks, born in 584, died in Paris in C28. He was only four months old when, at the death of his father Chilperic, his guardianship was assumed by his mother Fredegonda. A protracted and ferocious war broke out between her and her rival Brunehaut, who governed Austrasia and Burgundy in the name of her grandsons.

After many vicissitudes, Brunehaut was delivered into his hands by the nobles of Burgundy in 613, and was put to death in the most barbarous manner, her grandsons being already dead. Thus Clotaire II., being the only surviving Merovingian prince, was proclaimed king of the whole empire founded by Clovis, and increased by the conquests of his sons. He was succeeded by his son Dagobert I. - Two other Merovingian princes of the same name bore the title of king: Clotaire III., in the 7th century, under the guardianship of Ebroin as mayor of the palace; and Clotaiee IV., some 50 years later, under Charles Martel. Both were among the most obscure of the rois faineants.