HAD KONING CLOVIS KLEI AAN DE VOETEN?
In the course of the 3rd century, the Roman frontier became very vulnerable to Germanic attacks. The Franks were responsible for most of the damage in northem Gaul. While the area south of the limes suffered heavily, the Frankish settlements immediately north of it enjoyed prosperous times. The inhabitants probably did well out of helping the Romans to maintain the frontier, by supplying food and troops. Nonetheless the frontier failed. The former insula Batavarum presumably formed a starting point for migrants, not only for Franks but also for Saxans (including Chaukians and Frisians). It is conceivable that the ancestors of Clovis, the faunder of the Merovingian empire, were among them.