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Chram (also spelled Chramn, Chramm, Old Frankish for "raven"; Latin: Chramnus,[1][2] modern French: Chramn(e))[3] (died 561) was the son of Chlothar I, a Merovingian king of the Franks (r. 558-561), and his fifth wife, Chunsina.[4]

Death of Chramn, Guillaume Crétin, Chroniques Françaises. After 1515, Rouen, France. Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Chram rose in rebellion against his father on several occasions. Following one of these rebellions, he fled with his wife and children to the court of Chanao, the ruler of Brittany. In pursuit of Chram, Chlothar defeated the combined forces of Chanao and his son in battle. Chanao was killed, and Chram, delayed in making his escape by sea because of his concern for his family's safety, was captured. Chlothar gave orders to burn them alive, but Chram was strangled and his body was placed in a cottage,[5] which was subsequently burned. Chlothar reportedly died of remorse later that year.


Translator's note: These are in French

  1. ^ Brehaut, E. History of the Franks. Рипол Классик. ISBN 9781176686120 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Tours), Saint Gregory (Bishop of (July 28, 1965). "History of the Franks: Selections. translated with notes by Ernest Brehaut". Octagon – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Bruno Dumézil, La reine Brunehaut, Paris, Editions Fayard, 2008, page 9.
  4. ^ de Sismondi, p. 195
  5. ^ de Sismondi, p. 196


  • Gregory of Tours Book IV chapter 20 at The Medieval Sourcebook
  • (in French) Jean Charles L. Simonde de Sismondi, Histoire de la chute de l'Empire Romain et du déclin de la civilisation, de l'an 250 à l'an 1000, Paris: Treuttel et Würtz, 1835. OCLC 6969556
  • This article uses text translated from the Dictionnaire Bouillet — a French work which is in the public domain because the copyright has expired in the United States, France, and other countries where the copyright expires 100 years or more after the author's death.
Preceded by Duke of Aquitaine
Succeeded by