When comparing and contrasting the conversions to Christianity made by Clovis and Vladimir, there are similarities and differences. At first both Clovis and Vladimir did not believe in Christianity. Clovis (King of the Franks) believed in many gods and Vladimir (Russian Prince of Kievan Rus) was a pagan. Clovis’ wife was Christian and tried to convert Clovis to Christianity. After their first son died being baptized Clovis’ was angry at his queen saying that if he was dedicated to the name of his gods he would have certainly lived. Finally Clovis’ influence came when the war arose with the Alamanni. Clovis’ army was on the verge of destruction and he saw this, so he raised his eyes to heaven and burst out cries of Jesus Christ. With this, the Alamanni turned their backs and dispersed into flight. Clovis’ was later baptized and converted to Christianity.
Vladimir was similar to Clovis in how he used his forces. Vladimir and his region were undecided on which religion to choose however. He set out delegates to inspect three religions. First were the Bulgars of the Islam faith. Second were the Germans of the western catholic faith. Lastly were the Greeks, of the Christian faith. When his people came back they spoke of the Greeks the most. They spoke of the splendor and beauty they saw and were at loss how to describe it. Still undecided a year later, Vladimir was trying to capture the Greek city of Kherson. During this process his faith became true like Clovis with his battle. Vladimir then ordered Constantine and Basil that he wed their sister. He did this and gave Kherson back to the Greeks has a wedding present. He was then baptized and took in Christianity. In both cases, each people under Clovis and Vladimir were rejoicing in their choices of faith. And under their names mostly all of them were baptized after their leaders.