Friday, September 28, 2012

PROCESS: Version One

Clovis I came to the throne at fifteen, and came to fame vanquishing Rome’s power in Gaul.  He created his reputation - perhaps his legend - with an act of revenge so spectacular, the tale is told to this day.  At last, he built a dynasty by conquering even allies and killing his own kin.  Yet Clovis’ power was balanced on his faith in God ... and his religion was inspired by the love of the magnificent Queen Clotilde.
Clovis yearned, from his accession, for more than his father’s small kingdom.  His parents’ scandalous reputations had instilled in him both discipline and a deep desire for power, which became an ambition so great he would through battle, diplomacy, and deceit build what we now know as the nation of France.  His love of the Catholic Clotilde led him to conversion, which set the course of Europe for a thousand years.  With four sons and indomitable will, Clovis began a dynasty, he set forth the law; he was famed for his piety and a bloodthirsty nature ... yet few can say who he truly was ...
The Ax and the Vase creates and recreates Clovis’ story, his world, his fame - and his infamy.  It is the product of fascination, years of research, and the urgent need to understand, and to tell this great and gripping story.

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