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CHAP. XXV.: Childeric. - Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, Complete Works, vol. 1 The Spirit of Laws 
The Complete Works of M. de Montesquieu (London: T. Evans, 1777), 4 vols. Vol. 1.
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“THE laws of matrimony, amongst the Germans, says Tacitus, are strictly observed.¶ Vice is not there a subject of ridicule. To corrupt or be corrupted is not called fashion, or the custom of the age. There are few* examples, in this populous nation, of the violation of conjugal faith.”
This was the reason of the expulsion of Childeric: he shocked their rigid virtue, which conquest had not had time to corrupt.
[¶ ]Severa matrimonia ——— nemo illic vitia ridet, nec corrumpere & corrumpi sæculum vocatur. De moribus Germanorum.
[* ]Paucissima in tam numerosa gente adulteria. Ibid.