Montesquieu

We have seen that among the Germans no one went to the assem­bly before his majo­rity ; one was a mem­ber of the family but not of the repu­blic. For that rea­son, the chil­dren of Clodomir, king of Orleans and conque­ror of Burgundy, were not decla­red kings, because at their ten­der age they could not be pre­sen­ted to the assem­bly. They were not yet kings, but they were to become kings when they were able to bear arms, and in the mean­time Clotilda their grand­mo­ther gover­ned the state.1 Their uncles Clotaire and Childebert slaugh­te­red them and divi­ded up their king­dom. This exam­ple led to young prin­ces who were minors being sub­se­quently decla­red kings imme­dia­tely upon their fathers’ death. Thus Duke Gondovald saved Childebert II from the cruelty of Chilperic and had him decla­red king at the age of five.2

But in this very change they fol­lo­wed the ori­gi­nal spi­rit of the nation, so acts were not pas­sed in the name of the minor kings. So there was a dou­ble mana­ge­ment among the Franks, one with res­pect to the per­son of the minor king, and the other with res­pect to the king­dom ; and in the fiefs there was a dif­fe­rence bet­ween the guar­dian­ship and the admi­nis­tra­tion.3

It seems from Gregory of Tours, book III, that she chose two men from Burgundy, which was a conquest of Clodomir’s, to raise to the archbishopric of Tours, which was also in Clodimir’s kingdom.

Gregory of Tours, book V, chap. i, vix lustro ætatis uno jam peracto, qui die dominicæ natalis, regnare cæpit.

[The edition of 1758 inserts a new chapter xviii (Annex 8) here.]