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volence' and humanity, and to have and were joined by a great number been exceedingly beloved by his peo- of Goths on the banks of the Po. ple. But, with all these good qua. Then they entered Parma without lities, he must be allowed to bave resistance, defeated a body of the been inconftant, perfidious, and in Heruli, advanced as far as Rimini, many respects a true Barbarian. where Narses worsted them in a renHe left no male iflue but Theodo. counter, and wintered in that part balde, or Thibaut, who, tho'born of of Italy which lies between the Alps his concubine Deuteria, succeeded and the Appennines. In the spring to his dominions, without any op- they took the field again, and rapofition from his great uncles Chil- vaged the open country as f.; as the debert and Clothaire. '
streight that separates Italy from [An. 548.] The death of The- Sicily : but Leutharis, in his retreat odobert freed the emperor froin the to the Po, was attacked by the light apprehension he had conceived of troops of the emperor, who comthat prince's in Auence and defigns. pelled him to abandon the greater A peace was immediately patched part of his booty, and the prisoners up between him and France; but he had taken. this proved of very mort duration. He had scarce reached his quarJustinian's general Narses, who suc- ters of refreshment on the Po, whea ceeded to the command of Belisa- his army was invaded with a pestirius in Italy, obtained two signal lential distemper, of which he himvictories, which proved fatal to king fulf and all his people perished. The Totila and his successor Teias, and other body, commanded by Buceabsolutely ruined the affairs of the lin, gave battle to Narfes near Ca. Ostrogoths, great part of whom filinis, where they were defeated and were permitted by capitulation to Naughtered to a man; and a third quit Italy, on condition that they detachment, under Hamming, met Thould never more bear arms against with the same fate in the country of the emperor: but one of their Venice. chiefs, called Ingulphus, refused to During these unfortunate tranç comply with such dishonourable actions, Theodebalde died at Comterms. He recruited his forces, in- piegne of a paralytic disorder, unvaded Pavia, revived the spirits of der which he had laboured from his his countrymen, and sent a formal infancy. He was a weak prince in embassy into France, to demand fuc- mind as well as in body, and, con. cour against the Romans. His re- sidering that he succeeded to quest met with a refusal in public; the throne in his minority, must but the ambassadors received fa- have been altogether unfit for govourable hints in private, with verning such a ferocious people. which they returned perfe&ly well As he died without issue, his domisatisfied.
nions, according to the law of sucAccordingly Bucelin and Leutha- cellion, ought to have been divided ris, the two chief counsellors of the between his two uncles Clothaire French monarch Theodobalde, in a and Childebert ; but this last being little time passed the Alps with an dangerously ill, the other took adarmy of seventy-five thousand men, vantage of his malady, seized upon
the whole succeslion, and secured Cramne being now deprived of it in such a manner, that when Chile support, humbled himself before his debert recovered, he found it would father, and obtained his pardon ; be to no purpose to dispute his con- but his reitless disposition involved duct : he, therefore, made a virtue him in new intrigues, and he filed of necellity, and, on pretence of his with his family to Conobert, count having no children, forinally renoun- of Bretagne, who raised an army for ced his pretensions to Australia, in fa- his defence. He was pursued by his vour of his brother. He seemed, father Clothaire, who defeated him however, to repent of this cefiion in in a pitched battle : the count fell the sequel. . .
in the action. Cramne being taken, The Saxons, who were tributary with his wife, aud daughters, they to the French nation, revolted twice were all Mut up together in a wooden Tucceflively, and were as often re- cottage, which being set on fire, duced by Clothaire. At length, they perished in the flames, a rebellion was excited by his own. In his return to France, he visited fon, prince Cramne, whom he re- the shrine of St. Martin at Tours, called from his government of Au- to which he made valuable prevergne. He was encouraged in his fents, soliciting the saint with marks rebellious principles by his uncle of contrition, to obtain for him the Childebert, who met him at Paris, forgiveness of his sins, which were where they engaged in a confederacy manifold. He did not long survive against bis father Clothaire. They this expedition. Being feized with not only took the field against him, a fever, while he hunted in the fobut also fpirited the Saxons to a third rest of Cuisle, he was conveyed to infurrection. The end of this alli- a pleasure house at Compiegne, ance, however, was frustrated by where he died in the fifty-first year the death of Childebert, who of his reign, universally dreaded and breathed his last in the year 558, and detested for his cruelty, perfidy, and was buried in the church of St. Vin. profligate manners. On his deathcent, which he himself had built, bed perceiving his end approaching, together with the monastery now he began to be terrified at the procalled St. Germain des Prez. In spect of futurity, and could not help his reign, four councils were held; exclaiming with marks of horror, one at Orleans, one at Arles, and « How. powerful must this king of two at Paris. He was, in a great heaven be, who can thus destroy measure, influenced by priests; and the greatest princes of the earth at therefore celebrated as a pious prince. his pleasure !” A remark expressive His sway was so just and moderate at once of his ignorance and barfor the times, that he acquired the barity. He owned two or three love of his people. He had diftin- wives all living at the same time, guished his courage on many occa. and all dignified alike with the title fions; and, tho'tainted with cruelty of queen ; and by these he left four and ambition, was on the whole fons, namely, Chilperic, Charibert, more civilized than his brother Clo- Gontran, and Sigebert; but he had thaire, who now found himself fole made no division of his dominions. master of the French empire.
Chilperic, the youngest and most
enterprizing, immediately' seized his granted. This they the more eafather's treasures, by means of which hly obtained, as he had just received he formed a strong party, who con- advice, that his brother Chilperic ducted him to Paris, and feated him had taken the opportunity of his on the throne; but his brothers absence to invade his dominions, inuniting all their interest, and assem- vest Rheims, and ravage the country bling a strong body of forces, com- of Champagne. He forthwith repelled him to resign his royalty, and passed the Rhine, and penetrating acquiesce in a partition by lot, ac- into the kingdom of Soiffons, becording to the custom of the nation. fieged and took that capital, where In this trial, Fortune bestowed upon he found his brother's eldest fon Charibert the eldest, the kingdom Theodobert. He afterwards de. of Paris; Gontram the second, ob- feated the other in battle, recotained Orleans and Burgundy ; vered all the places which had been Metz, or the kingdom of Australia, taken from him in his absence, fell to Sigebert; and Chilperic was and in his tura despoiled Chilperic forced to be content with Soissons. of the best part of his dominions,
The death of Clothaire encouraged The two eldest brothers inter. the Abares, a barbarous people, the posed in behalf of Chilperic, and remnant of the Huns, who had under their mediation a peace served in the army of the emperor was concluded. Sigebert abandoned Justinian, and settled on the banks his conquests, and set his nephew at of the Danube, to pillage the lands liberty, after having exacted an oath which the French poffeffed on the from him, that he would never bear other side of the Rhine. They ac- arms against him for the future. cordingly fell into Thuringia, where Chilperic, naturally fiery and am. they were joined by the inhabitants bitious, had been stimulated to this of that country, who had determined enterprize by his concubine Fredeto shake off the French yoke. Si- gonda, with whom he had coha. gebert, king of Auftrafia, no sooner bited from his tender years. She heard of this insurrection and revolt, was the daughter of a peasant in than he marched against them with Picardy remarkable for her beauty ; a body of forces, and hazarded a but still more famous for intrigue, battle, in which he signalized him- proud, cruel, and perfidious; yet self after a very extraordinary man- so much mistress of infinuation, that ner. He not only made an excel. Me acquired and maintained a furlent disposition for the attack, but prising ascendancy over the mind of rushed personally into the hottest Chilperic, which was naturally fierce, parts of the action, and fought so brutal, and inconstant. Notwithvaliantly with a battle-ax, that the standing his connexion with this wovictory was in a great measure ow.. man, he married Andovera, equal in ing to his single prowess. The beauty, but far inferior in point of enemy, after a desperate resistance, genius to Fredegonda, who found were totally overthrown, and driven means,when his paflion was gratified, to the banks of the Elbe, where to prevail upon him to repudiate his they Sued for peace, which the victor wife, according to the custom of the ORDNANCE. Dec. 2. For the charge of that office
SUPPLIES granted by Parliament for ihe Year 1761. When voted. N A V Y
Sums voted. Total. Nov. 27. Fór 70,000 seamen, including 18,355
s . d marines, for 13 months, at 41. per man per month
3,640,000 OO Dec. 9. For the ordinary of the navy, and half-pay
258,624 7 10 For compleating Hanar Hospital
7,130 00 Towards Plymouth Hospital
10,000 0 0 For transport service, between 0, 1, 1759,
and Sept. 30, 1760, including victualling land-forces
. 479,035 19 % Towards paying navy debt
1,000,000 QO Towards building and rebuilding of thips for 1761, 200,000 0 0
302,267 92 For the extra expence of that office
426,449 4 9
728,716 13 11 LAND SERVICE, Nov. 29. For maintaining 64,971 men, includ.
ing 4008 invalids, for guards, garrisons, &c. , 1,576,985 107 For the forces in the plantations, &c. Africa
and East-Indies, and provisions for garrisons 843,756 12 9 For three Irish regiments in North America, for 1761
22,179 0 0 For general and general staff-officers, and officers of the hospitals for land-forces
72,896 14 2 For the embodied militia, from Deca 25, 1760, to April 25, 1761, being 122 days
140,358 19 4 For cloathing for ditto, for 1961.
56,568 15 2 Dec. 16. For 39,773 Hanoverians, &c. for 1761 463,874 For 2120 horse, and 9900 foot, Hessians, with artillery ofñcers, &c.
268,360 8 8 For an additional corps of 1576 horse, and 8808
of Heffians, with artillery officers, &c. 147,071 S 2 For 1205 horse, and 2208 foot troops of Brunswick, together with subsidy
57,798 16 o For deficiency in sum voted last feffion for Brunswick troops,
2,569 100 For five battalions serving with the king's army in Germany, and artillery, for 1761
25,504 6 8 For extra expences incurred and not provided for to Nov, 19, 1760
1,167,903 12 6 On account for forage, bread, bread-waggons,
artillery, &c. for, the combined army under prince Ferdinand
1,000,000 OO Jan. 20. For reduced officers of land-forces and marines
34,854 92 For allowances to reduced horse-guards and regiments of horse
2,973 197 For pensions to reduced officers widows
1,922 0 0 For out-penfioners of Chelsea hospital
18,360 2 Jan. 22. For extra expences incurred from Nov. 20, 1760, to Dec. 24, following
993,844 4 4 Feb. 17. To the Chancery at War of Hanover,
for extraordinaries in 1757 and 1758 336,479 14 1 For difference of pay to Anstruther's regiment,
and for several augmentations to the army 22,361 13 S For the embodied militia from April 1761 to Dec. 24
298,668 9 10 Feb. 23. Upon account of the militia when
unembodied, and for cloathing of the militia now unembodied, for the year beginning at Lady-day next
70,000 0 0 po
7,625,293 1 4. SUNDRY SERVICES. Dec. 11. To enable his majesty to discharge supply of credit of last session
1,000,COo oo For London Bridge
15,000 om Dec. 15. To enable his majesty to discharge Exchequer bills made out before Dec, 11, pursu. April 1761. .