Klotilda Burgundskaya

Picture of Klotilda Burgundskaya

Citizenship: France


Clotilde (Hrodehilda) or Saint Clotilde (born Clotilde, Clothilde, drevnegerm Chrochtehilde, about 475-about 545..) - The second wife of the Frankish King Clovis to 493 years.

Clotilde is revered as a saint, the Orthodox celebrate her day of June 3, and Catholics - 4 June. It protects brides, foster children, parents, exiles and widows.

The daughter of the King of the Burgundians Chilperic II (about 436-491), the king`s brother Gundobad and Agrippina (about 440-491). Unlike his uncle, Clotilde professed the Catholic faith, while Gundobad adhered to Arianism.

That`s what we reported about this Gregory of Tours in his "History of the Franks":

"At that time the king of the Burgundians was Gundeveh [1] of the kind of king Atanariha, persecutor of Christians, which we mentioned above. In Gundeveha had four sons: Gundobad, Godigizil, Chilperic and Godomar [2]. And Gundobad killed with the sword of his brother Chilperic, and his wife drowned in the river, a stone tied to his neck. Two of his daughters he was condemned to exile; one elder, became a nun named Chrono, younger - Hrodehildoy ". (Book 2, Chapter 28).

The story of the terrible death of Agrippina - most likely a legend arose later, as Lyon was recently found an epitaph dedicated to some Burgundian queen, who died in 506 year. It is possible that we are talking about Clotilde mother.

Marry Clovis Clotilda came in between 492 and 494 years. Gregory of Tours describes the courtship of Clovis as follows:

"... As the Clovis often sent embassies to Burgundy, toego ambassadors once I saw a girl Hrodehildu. Having found her beautiful and intelligent, and knew that she was of royal lineage, they reported it to King Clovis. He immediately sent messengers to Gundobad with a request to give her to him as his wife. Since Gundobad afraid to refuse Clovis, he gave it to the ambassadors. Those who took it and quickly brought to the king. Seeing her, the king was very pleased and married her. But he already had a son named Theodore, a concubine. " (Book 2, Chapter 28).

The wedding took place, most likely in Soissons.