Clotilda

d. 545

Clotilda
CLOTILDA RECEIVING THE RING OF CLOVIS
Clotilda, also known as Clotilde, was a Burgundian princess who married the Frankish king Clovis and eventually converted him to the Catholic faith. The daughter of King Chilperic II, she was forced into exile when her father was killed by his brother and her mother drowned. She wed Clovis that same year and soon gave birth to five children. She strived relentlessly to lead her husband away from his native paganism, and in 496 he was finally baptised. Clovis passed away in 511, after which Clotilda retired to the Abbey of St. Martin at Tours.

In 523, Clotilda finally avenged the murder of her father by inciting her sons against her cousin King Sigismund of Burgundy, the son of her uncle. This incited the Burgundian War, which led to Sigismund's imprisonment and assassination. Afterwards, she attempted to prevent fighting among her children and grandchildren, but she was unsuccessful, and after her death she was buried at her husband's side.


Key events during the life of Clotilda:


Year
Event
475
Born.
493
Forced into exile following her parents' deaths.
493
Married Clovis I, King of the Franks.
496
Battle of Tolbiac
496
Clovis is baptised at Rheims.
511
Death of Clovis.
523
Burgundian War.
524
Assassination of Sigismund.
545
Died.

Other Resources


Story Links
Book Links
Clotilda of Burgundy  in  Historic Girls  by  E. S. Brooks
Queen Clothilde and King Clovis  in  Stories from French History  by  Lena Dalkeith
King Clovis Becomes a Christian  in  Old Time Tales  by  Lawton B. Evans
St Clothilde's Banner  in  Stories of the Saints  by  Grace Hall
Clovis, King of the Franks  in  Barbarian and Noble  by  Marion Florence Lansing
First King of France  in  The Story of France  by  Mary Macgregor
Wooing of Clotilde  in  Historical Tales: French  by  Charles Morris


Image Links


Clotilda and the pilgrim
 in Historic Girls

Princess Clotilda's journey
 in Historic Girls

In full battle aray he came to take leave of Clothilde and his small son.
 in Stories from French History

Clotilde Receiving the Ring of Clovis
 in Greatest Nations - Germany


Contemporary
Short Biography
Clovis Founder of the Frankish Kingdom. Converted to Christianity by his wife Clotilda.