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Today in Language: Clovis

Clovis, the first king of France, or rather of the Franks, died on November 27, 511. He began the Merovingian dynasty, which was followed by the Carolingiens, Capetiens, Valois, and Bourbons, until the Franks/French finally decided they'd had enough of monarchies and all that and opted for a violent, bloody, fairly sudden turn to the republic.

The name Clovis, in case you're looking for a good boy's name, is the Latinized form of Ludwig, meaning "famed warrior." Clovis was that, since he conquered Gaul, in addition to uniting the different tribes of Franks.

Clovis is also remembered for his conversion to Christianity, which is generally thought to have been genuine, though it is hard to know motives. Was it for his wife, or for political power with the papacy, or for some other ulterior motive? Only God and Clovis know.


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今週初めて黒澤明の『隠し砦の三悪人』という映画を見ました。この三悪人とは、だれですか? 三船敏郎が演じる真壁六郎太(まかべろくたろう)と二人の百姓です。この3人の登場人物の関係はとても面白くて、全ての人間の弱さも愛される性質も示します。