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which had belonged to their father; but they

were hunted down and murdered by Clotaire.

A rebellion headed by Chrarnne, the king's

son, was next suppressed by the royal army;

and the disloyal prince, together with his wife

and children, was burned alive. Theodoric's

crown descended to his grandson, who died

without issue, and Austrasia also was added to the kingdom of Clotaire, which now equaled in extent the

realm governed by his father. His reign was extended for three years after the extinction of the Austrasian

branch, when he died, leaving the Empire again to be divided among his four sons, Charibert, Gontran, Chilperic, and Sigebert. These all belonged to the race of Rois Faineants, or Royal Donothings, as they were called, in contempt of their indolent disposition and slothful habits.

On the death of Chilperic the crown descended to a second Clotaire, who, at the ripe age of four months, was left to the regency of his mother, Fredegonda. At this time the Austrasian government was under the regency of the Princess Brunehaut, who governed in the name of her grandsons. Between the

two regents a war broke out. In the year 613

Brunehaut was overpowered by the nobles of

Burgundy and delivered into the hands of

Clotaire, who put her to death with an excess

of cruelty.

Clotaire II died in the year 628, and was

buried in the sepulcher of the Merovingians

at Paris. He was succeeded in the government by his son Dagobert. Before the death

of his father, namely, in 622, he had been

recognized as king of Austrasia. After the

decease of the king, Neustria and Burgundy fell to Dagobert^by inheritance; and three

years later the kingdom of Aquitaine, which

had been previously assigned to Charibert,

was reannexed to the consolidated Empire.

Dagobert proved to be a sovereign of great

abilities and ambitions. He made his capital