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Upon Clovis' 511 death, the Frankish Kingdom was administratively divided among his four sons,  Clodomir, Theuderic, Childebert, and Chlotachar, or Clothar I. Though frequently feuding, they  cooperated to extend Frankish dominion to Thuringia in the east of old Frankish lands (531), the  southern Kingdom of Burgundy (534), as well as Provence, taken from the Ostrogoths in 536. By  540, The Ostrogoths had been forced to surrender Alamanni lands northeast of Burgundy to the  Franks, and Bavaria recognized Frankish overlordship. These areas were divided among the  brothers in a patchwork. Clodomir died in 533, his western areas divided among his surviving  brothers. The youngest, Clothar, ruled all Frankish lands after his brothers' deaths (558- 62). At  his death, another four-fold division occurred among the leading members of the Frankish  Merovingian family. Ancient Frankish lands straddling the Rhine were called Austrasia, 
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