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Clovis: A Dual Identity

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Alex Markoff

on 12 November 2012

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Transcript of Clovis: A Dual Identity

Clovis: A Dual Identity Broader Focus Sources That Include Primary Accounts - Frankish, Christian, both
- The elasticity of boundaries
- A true reflection of the times or simply a plan to spread influence?
- Once again, how the ancient past shapes the future --> traces of Clovis in today's French society By: Alex Markoff Modern France is rooted in the ancient past
Vercengetorix (b. 82 BC) = Unification of the Gauls!
Caesar (58 BC) = Romanization of Gallic lands
Clovis (b. 466) = an era of two, new identities Key Points - Circa 480, military victory extends Frankish rule throughout the land
- 496: Baptism at Reims
- Together, both events create a unique breed of the French ethnos
- The French Father? A look at Clovis' role in the contemporary Republic
- Testimony from Clotilde (b. 475) , Gregoire des Tours (b. 538), and Genevieve (b. 419) are primary sources which depict a changing France under the rule of Clovis. Argument: By defining his kingdom as both Frankish and Catholic, Clovis created a dual identity construct, one that is first understood by analyzing the motivations and consequences behind each respective boundary alteration. When put together the identities created a singular, expansive culture, widening the reach of Clovis’ rule and precipitating the foundation of the modern French state. Thesis Des Tours, Gregoire. "History of the Franks." Translated
by Lewis Thorpe. Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1974.

James, Edward. "The Origins of Modern France: From
Clovis to the Capetians." New York: St. Martin's
Press, 1982.

McNamara, Jo Ann. "Sainted Women of the Dark Ages."
Durham: Duke University Press, 1992. Help! - Ideas?

- Suggestions?

- Recommendations? Franks unite!
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