Friday, March 04, 2011

Gregory of Tours (538AD-594): How to really, really humiliate a rival king.

"... This was the reason why Clovis now attacked him in his wrath. He hemmed Chararic in by some stratagem and made him prisoner. Chararic and his son were both bound and then Clovis had their hair cut short. He ordered Chararic to be ordained as a priest and he made his son a deacon. Chararic objected to this humiliation and burst into tears." - History of the Franks, II.41.

It was a brutal age.

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