Clovis who was chosen by the Pope as the inheritor of the Western Empire. The remarkable feature of his reign is the speed with which he took possession of so much land so quickly. He achieved this with relatively few battles but every battle seemed to have an enormous impact, destroying the will of his opponents.

There was however a weakness in the Frankish nation.This weakness was the total commitment to the equal subdivision of property between eligible children.

This meant that

Frankish territory was subdivided again and again creating the circumstances which led to the one hundred years war but also to the existence of Occitan as an embryo nation in its own right.However there were other characteristics which set Occitan as apart; religion, geographical boundaries, language and culture.

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