Montesquieu

Clovis had not been the only one of the Frankish prin­ces to under­take expe­di­tions into the Gauls. Several of his kin had led indi­vi­dual tri­bes there ; and as he had grea­ter triumphs, and could give consi­de­ra­ble esta­blish­ments to those who had fol­lo­wed him, the Franks flo­cked to him from all the tri­bes, and the other chiefs found them­sel­ves too weak to stand up to him. He concei­ved the plan of exter­mi­na­ting his entire house, and he suc­cee­ded.1 He fea­red, says Gergory of Tours, lest the Franks take ano­ther chief.2 His chil­dren and his suc­ces­sors fol­lo­wed this prac­tice as well as they could ; the bro­ther, the uncle, the nephew, nay even the son and the father, were per­pe­tually cons­pi­ring against the whole family. The law cons­tantly sepa­ra­ted the monar­chy ; fear, ambi­tion, and cruelty attemp­ted to reu­nite it.

Gregory of Tours, book V.

Ibid.