Titles: King of the Franks (Roi des Francs)
Reign: September/October 584 - 628 or October 18, 629
Regent: September/October 584 - late 590s [minority]
Frédegonde (b. c. 545 - d. 596/597), mother of Clotaire II
End of reign: 628 or October 18, 629, died
Name/byname: Clotaire (in English: Chlotar) the Young or the Great/French: le Jeune, le Grand
The son of Chilpéric I and Frédegonde, young Clotaire succeeded to the throne of his father's kingdom when his was assassinated in 584. Queen Frédegonde became regent and tutor of the four-month old king.
Though Clotaire's cousin Childebert II tried to conquer the kingdom of Chilpéric's heir and approached Paris with his army, their uncle, king Gontran of Burgundy, supported the young king and his mother, whose extradition was demanded by Childebert. Gontran assured Clotaire's accession and became the guardian of his kingdom.
After Gontran's death, in 593 or 594, Clotaire again fought against Childebert II near Soissons. When Childebert died in 595, Clotaire's armies conquered part of the territory of the kingdom of Austrasia, but in 599 or 600 the new lands and other territories were lost to the Austrasia-Burgundy alliance. However, the discontent among the Austrasian nobility with the Queen Brunehaut (Brunhild), who tried to install the son of Thierry II as king of Austrasia in 613/614, allowed Clotaire to annex Austrasia.
Clotaire enjoyed peace in his kingdom after 613/614 and established his son, Dagobert I, as king of Austrasia in 623. As the elder son of Clotaire, Mérovée was taken prisoner by the Burgundians and killed in 603/604, Dagobert succeeded to the thrones of Neustria and Austrasia after Clotaire's death in 628/629.
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