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 [p. 174], vix lustro ætatis uno jam peracto, qui die dominicæ natalis, regnare cæpit [‘Though scarcely five years old, he began to rule on Christmas day’].

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