Birthabt 518
Death5 Aug 587
Misc. Notes
RADEGUNDA, ST (d. 587), Frankish queen, was the daughter of Berthaire, king of the Thuringians. Berthaire was killed by his brother Hermannfried, who took Radegunda and educated her, but was himself slain by the Frankish kings Theuderich and Clotaire (529), and Radegunda fell to Clotaire, who later married her. Her piety was already so noteworthy that it was said that Clotaire had married a nun, not a queen. She left him when he unjustly killed her brother, and fled to Medardus, bishop of Poitiers, who, notwithstanding the danger of the act, consecrated her as a nun. Radegunda stayed in Poitiers, founded a monastery there, and lived for a while in peace. Here Venantius Fortunatus, the Italian poet, found a friendly reception, and two of the poems printed under his name are usually attributed to Radegunda. From him we gain a most pleasing picture of life at the monastery. The queen died on the i3th of August 587.

Radegonda, fifth wife of Clothaire I, was a daughter of the King of the Thuringian Franks. She became a nun at Poitiers in 554.
Birth499, Rheims, Marne, Loire-Alantique, France
Death29 Nov 561, Braines, Loire Atlantique, France
BurialSt Medard Abbey, Soissons, Aisne, France
MotherClothilda of Burgundy (475-548)
 Chilperic I (539-584)
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