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Conversion of Clovis Clovis I became the King of the Salian Franks in the year 481 AD at the age of 15 He inherited this position from his father Childeric who died in 482 and hereafter he began killing off members of his own extended family to reduce the number of men who could battle with him for power By doing this he successfully united the Salian and Ripurian Franks within the first five years of his reign Clovis than began taking on others that could potentially threaten his people or his authority The first of these was one of the last Roman Generals Syagrius whom he defeated in a single strife in 4861 This was the first of his military accomplishments but not the last The next large step taken during Cloviss reign was his marriage to the Burgundian Princess Clotilda daughter of King Gundevech The couple married in 493 Clovis already having a son from a concubine named Theodoric His wife being a Christian converted all of their children at birth including their first born Ingomer who died in his baptism garments2 Clotilda and Clovis conceived four more children all males and all baptized at birth These baptisms and Clotildas influence on her husband pushed him to convert himself to Catholic Christianity Clovis actually spoke an oath to God during a battle with the Allamannis Cloviss conversion to Christianity had many affects on the people and territory he ruled The first of these affects included several changes within Cloviss own family
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