Chlodio "the Long-Haired", king of the Salian Francs at Cologne

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Chlodio "the Long-Haired", king of the Salian Francs at Cologne

French: Claudion II 'le Chevelu', Roi des Francs
Also Known As: "The Great", "Clodio the Long-Haired", "Chlodégar"
Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Cologne, Frankish Territory, Roman Empire [Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany]
Death: November 23, 448 (49-57)
Kingdom of Burgundy, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Théodémir, King of the Franks at Thérouanne and Argotta of the Franks
Husband of Ildégonde of the Franks and Saint Chrotechilde Gjukungar, Princess of Burgandy
Father of Chlodoweg, King of the Franks at Cologne; Chlodeswinthe (Verica) of the Franks; Chlodébaud, King of the Franks at Cologne; Ragnhard I, King of Cambrai and Landbert, king of the Franks at Thérouanne & Boulogne
Brother of Clovis "the Riparian", King of the Franks
Half brother of Fredemundus; Adalbertus; Chararic (Guerric) de Tongres; Weldelphus; Frotmund (Fictional) and 2 others

Occupation: Kung Frankerna, roi de Thérouanne, roi de Cambrai, roi des Francs Saliens, King of Francs, King of Franks, King of the Franks at Cologne
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About Chlodio "the Long-Haired", king of the Salian Francs at Cologne

Chlodio King of the Salian Franks

Born c. 392/395[1]

Died 445[1]/448 (~aged 50)

  • Consort Basina (daughter of Wedelphus, an alleged king of the Thuringii) [1]
  • Issue Merovech (disputed)
  • Father Theudemeres
  • Mother Argotta (disputed)

Chlodio (c. 392/395[1]–445[1]/448; also spelled Clodio, Clodius, Clodion, Cloio or Chlogio) was a king of the Salian Franks from the Merovingian dynasty. He was known as the Long-Haired King and lived in Thuringian territory, at the castle of "Dispargum" on the edge of the Thuringian land (a place which has been interpreted many ways, for example possibly as Duisburg on the Rhine, or Duisburg near Brussels, or Diest in Belgium).[2] He became chief of the Thérouanne area in 414 AD. From there, he invaded the Roman Empire in 428, defeating a Roman force at Cambrai, and settled in Northern Gaul, where other groups of Salians were already settled. Although he was attacked by the Romans, he was able to maintain his position and, 3 years later in 431, he extended his kingdom south to the Somme River in the future Francia. In AD 448, 20 years after his reign began, Chlodio was defeated at Vicus Helena in Artois[3] by Flavius Aëtius, the commander of the Roman army in Gaul.

According to Gregory of Tours, "some people said" that Merovech, the ancestor of the 'Merovingian' dynasty, was his son, although Merovech's son Childeric I is known only from records associating him with what is now northern France, and only once his son Clovis I took power in that area he turned to Kings still ruling in more traditionally Frankish areas.

The non-contemporary Liber Historiae Francorum says his father was Pharamond, whom many believe to have been a legendary person linked to the lineage sometime in the 8th century. The Chronicle of Fredegar makes Chlodio son of Theudemeres, one of the leaders of the Salian Franks.


  1. Barns-Graham, Peter. "Franks2". Stirnet. Retrieved 24 June 2011. External link in |publisher= (help) (subscription required)
  2. Freiherren von Richthofen, "Review of "Der lex Salica und der lex Anglorum et Werinorum Alter und Heimat, von Hermann Müller, ordentlichem Professor der Rechte zu Würzburg" Würzburg, 1840", Kritische Jahrbücher für deutsche Rechtswissenschaft, 5, p. 1000 (includes quotations of early references)
  3. Wood, Ian. The Merovingian Kingdoms 450 - 751, Pearson Education Ltd., 1994 ISBN 9781317871163


Gregory of Tours, Historia Francorum.


Was living in 420. Kinsman of Clovis I

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Chlodio "the Long-Haired", king of the Salian Francs at Cologne's Timeline

Cologne, Frankish Territory, Roman Empire [Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany]
Age 15
Cologne, Frankish Territory [Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany]
Age 23
Saxon Tribal Lands, [Westphalia, Germany]
Age 30
Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Age 35
Cologne, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Age 39
November 23, 448
Age 53
Kingdom of Burgundy, France
Frankish King of Cologne