In Henry H. Howorth's The Ethnology of Germany.-Part VI. The Varini, Varangians, and Franks.-Section II (1884), p.228 he writes:

We must remember also that in a genealogical table attached to an old MS. of the Salic Laws, and given by Bouquet, which derives the royal stock from Pharamund, we read that the latter bore Cleno and Cludion, that Chludius bore Chlodebaud , who bore Chloderic, the father of Chlovis ( op. cit. , ii, 696). Meroveus is not named at all in this list, and Chlodebaud takes his place.

This piqued my interest since it was the first time hearing about Chlodebaud and in fact, nowhere on Wikipedia does he exist.

So I started digging in.

The earliest reference I've found is in Andre Duchesne's Historiae Francorum Scriptores, 5 vol. (1636) - Volume I, p.793:

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Faramundus genuit Cleno & Cludiono. Chludius genuit Chlodebaudo. Chlodebaudus genuit Chloderico.

So now I'm trying to find the origination of Chlodebaudo.

I'm not adept at Latin so this is taking quite some effort to decipher, but it seems like this reference is taken from a Salic Law manuscript, if I'm not mistaken (as affirmed by Howorth):

Ex Veteri Ms. Cod. Legis Salica

  1. Is this Salic Law manuscript available anywhere to cross reference?
  2. Has Duchesne's Historiae Francorum Scriptores (1636) been translated into English?
  3. Are there any earlier (than 1636) references to Chlodebaud?

A quick Google of Chlodebaud does return some references to a certain King of Franks at Cologne (c. 430 - c. 450) which would fit the Clovis I timeline, but I'm not sure where those references come from.

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    Since "Clovis" was rendered as "Chlovis" in your first quote, did you check for "Clodebaud"?
    – Spencer
    Nov 3, 2022 at 17:34


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