Clovis, King Of The Franks

Written by John W. Currier
Review by Claire Morris Bernard

In the year 486, a Frankish chief named Clovis vanquishes the last Roman ruler in Gaul. Soon his name is synonymous with strength and victory. The Church courts him. So eventually does the King of Ostrogothic Italy. As the institutor of Salic Law, Clovis is considered the founder of present-day France.

Based on fact and legend, Clovis, King of the Franks tells the interesting tale of this man’s life. The story moves well, with the exception of two chapters near the end, where the author has ‘told’ more than ‘shown’. It is carefully researched. There are miniature maps at the beginning of each chapter, which help the reader localize the action. There is also a glossary of characters. I only wish I could have referred to this less. Unfortunately I at times had trouble distinguishing between the numerous churchmen and lords.

With this novel, John W. Currier has competently illuminated a little-known epoch of history.