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Also Known As: "Carstamene", "Cartamena", "Cartamene", "Caratene", "Carstamena", "of Burgundy", "de Suevi", "los Suevos"
Birthplace: Burgundy, France
Death: Died in Bourgogne, France
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Gundicar and N.N. Princess of the Visigoths
Wife of Chilpéric II, king of the Burgundians
Mother of Chroma of the Burgundians and Saint Clotilde of Burgundy
Half sister of Requiario (Rechiar), King of the Sueben; Ricimer and Sister of Ricimer

Occupation: Queen "of Burgundy", "de Suevi", "los Suevos"
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About Carétène

There is some confusion around the names and ancestries of Chilperic's two wives. His first wife is said to have been Caratene, daughter of Gundicar and mother of St. Clothilda. His second is said to be a sister of Ricimer, not a daughter. Clothilda was the younger of the two daughters, so they must both have been children of Chilperic's first wife Caratene.

FMG says: The name of Chilperich´s wife is not known. Gregory of Tours records that Chilperich's wife was drowned by her brother-in-law King Gundobad, after he tied a stone around her neck. The Liber Historiæ Francorum records the same event.

FMG: An epitaph to "Caretenes religiosiæ reginæ", referring to her burial "Lugduni in basilica sancti Michahelis", is included in the compilation of the works of Avitus Bishop of Vienne [Alcimi Ecdicii Aviti Viennensis episcopi Opera quæ superunt, MGH Auct ant VI.2, Epitaphium VI, p. 185.].  It is not clear from the edition consulted whether this epitaph was the bishop's own composition: clearly not all the epitaphs included could have been written by him as some relate to individuals whose deaths are recorded elsewhere in the second half of the 6th century.  If the epitaph is contemporary with Bishop Avitus, then it presumably refers to the wife of King Gondebaud, to whom Avitus wrote many times, although this is not specified in the text.  It can safely be assumed that she was Catholic.  The text does not reveal any indication of the date of her death, although "506" is added in the margin of the edition without any indication of the basis.

Cartamene Walia was born about 430 in France. She married 1 Gondobad Gondioc de Bourgogne King of Burgundy about 447 in France.


They had the following children:

  F i Daughter of Gondobad de Bourgogne 
  M ii Childeric II de Bourgogne King of Burgundy 
  M iii Godogisel de Bourgogne King of Geneva 

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Marriage 1 Chilperic Burgundians,king-of-the


-1. Clotilda Burgundian,the

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Carétène's Timeline

Burgundy, France
Burgundy, France
Kingdom of the Burgundians [Savoy, Rhône-Alpes, France]
Age 36
Bourgogne, France