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Clovis I

466 - 511

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Clovis (Latin: Chlodovechus; reconstructed Frankish: *Hlodowig; c. 466 – 27 November 511) was the first king of the Franks to unite all of the Frankish tribes under one ruler, changing the form of leadership from a group of petty kings to rule by a single king and ensuring that the kingship was passed down to his heirs. He is considered to have been the founder of the Merovingian dynasty, which ruled the Frankish kingdom for the next two centuries. Clovis succeeded his father, Childeric I, as a king of Salian Franks in 481, and eventually came to rule an area extending from what is now the southern Netherlands to northern France, corresponding in Roman terms to Gallia Belgica (northern Gaul). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Clovis I has received more than 2,700,207 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Clovis I is the 116th most popular politician (up from 122nd in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Belgium (up from 6th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Belgian Politician.

Clovis I is most famous for being the first known Native American culture to use the atlatl, a spear-throwing device.

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Among politicians, Clovis I ranks 116 out of 15,577Before him are Yasser Arafat, Pepin the Short, Louis XIII of France, Philip II of Macedon, Hatshepsut, and Tiberius. After him are Diocletian, Cyrus the Great, Mustafa I, Murad I, Bayezid I, and Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor.

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Among people born in 466, Clovis I ranks 1After him is Emperor Ankan. Among people deceased in 511, Clovis I ranks 1

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Clovis I ranks 3 out of 1,019Before him are Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (1500) and Pepin the Short (715). After him are Charles Martel (688), Audrey Hepburn (1929), Jan van Eyck (1395), Andreas Vesalius (1514), René Magritte (1898), Maurice Maeterlinck (1862), Gerardus Mercator (1512), Leopold II of Belgium (1835), and Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908).

Among POLITICIANS In Belgium

Among politicians born in Belgium, Clovis I ranks 3Before him are Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (1500) and Pepin the Short (715). After him are Leopold II of Belgium (1835), Philip I of Castile (1478), Albert II of Belgium (1934), Mary of Burgundy (1457), Ursula von der Leyen (1958), Leopold III of Belgium (1901), Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy (1480), Albert I of Belgium (1875), and Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor (1697).