Clotilda, Saint

Clotilda, Saint

▪ queen of the Franks
also spelled  Clotilde,  Chlothilde,  Chlotilde,  Chrodechilde,  Chrodigild , or  Chrotechildis 
died June 3, 548, Tours, France; feast day June 3
 queen consort of Clovis I, king of the Franks, in whose momentous conversion to Christianity she played a notable part.

      Clotilda was the granddaughter of Gundioc, king of Burgundy, who was related to the Visigothic kings and shared their Arian Christian faith. At Gundioc's death his kingdom was divided between his four sons, Gundobad, Godegesil, Chilperic, and Gundomar. Clotilda's father Chilperic and her mother were murdered by Gundobad, and Clotilda and her sister took refuge with Godegesil in Geneva. Clovis, hearing good reports of Clotilda, obtained Gundobad's permission for their marriage in 493. She bore him four sons, Ingomer and the future kings Clodomir, Childebert I, and Chlotar I.

      Clotilda was tireless in urging her husband to renounce his idols and acknowledge the true God; his final decision (498?) was made to honour a vow taken during a battle against the Alemanni. After Clovis' death (511), she played an important political role until 531, when she retired to Tours and became famous for her sanctity of life, generosity to the church, and charity work. She was buried beside Clovis in the church, now Sainte-Geneviève, that they had cofounded in Paris.

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