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Childeric's son was Chlodovecus, or Clovis. Though his father's expansion had been  unspectacular, he did inherit some wealth, a supposed lineage going back to Germanic gods, as  well as Frankish warriors' expectations that he would continue his father's raiding success. The  first opportunity came in 486. Aegidus' son Syagrius was in control of North-central France  stretching to the Visigothic domains, and at the Battle of Soissons, Clovis defeated him, opening  the area to settlement of thousands of Frankish peasants. This was the demographic basis of  Frankish rule. He then spent the next decade in obscure campaigns eliminating rival Frankish  leaders. Then in 596, he defeated the Alamanni in Eastern-Central Gaul, expanding his kingdom  further.  Sometime between 496 and 507, Clovis converted to Catholic Christianity, after a brief Arian  transition phase. His baptism by the bishop of Rheims was followed immediately by the 
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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