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Clovis (466-511) was an influential and interesting leader. The first king of all
France, he was the third of the Merovingian line. At the same time he was
an important ally of the Catholic Church and a fierce and often brutal pagan
warrior. His grandfather, Merovic from whom the line gets its name, broke
from his Frank tribe to help the Roman General Aetius defeat attila. His
father, Childeric, was run off for preying on young girls, only to have an
affair with the wife of King Bisinus, his host. (illistration is typical of Frank warriors - public domain)
Queen Basina left King Bisinus to join Childeric and bear him a son, Clovis -
king by age 15, and successful warrior by 19. In his first battle he drove
out the last Roman. In the process, he committed a brutal and sudden execution
of one of his soldiers. A meticulus planner and disciplinarian, he couquered
province after province, often personally killing the defeated king. Though
he allowed himself to be baptized, he did not really embrace the faith
until the end of his life.
DeMartelly's novel will follow the same historical pattern presented in exciting
novel form as his earlier work
Charles Martel and the Lance of Destiny.
The book is in progress and will be available sometime in 2010.