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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

Clotaire I.

  • [Fourth son of Clovis, king of the Franks; born A.D. 497; on the death of his father, became king of Soissons, and extended his dominions by murdering his nephews, thus acquiring all the territory which Clovis had divided among his sons; died about 560.]
  • What great God is this, that pulls down the strength of the strongest kings?

  • The last words of the “wild Clotaire,” as Carlyle calls him; given by Gregory of Tours.—History, IV. 21.