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Also Known As: "Rodalinda", "Rodelindis", "Roelindis", "Rolande"
Birthplace: Germany
Death: Died in Lombardy, Italy
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Hermanfried, King of the Thüringians and Amalberga,Prinzessin der Vandalen
Wife of Audoin, King of the Lombards
Mother of ... of the Lombards; Alboin, King of the Lombards and ... of the Lombards
Sister of Amalafrid von Thüringen

Occupation: Queen of the Lombards, Princesse de Thüringe
Managed by: Justin Swanström
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About Rodelinde

Ater the death of her Thüringian royal husband, she first fled with her mother Amalaberga to Ravenna, then went to Constantinople and was finally given by the Emperor in marriage to the Longobard King Audoin, Alboin's father, as his second wife.

From the Wikipedia page on Rodelinda:

Rodelinda was a Lombard queen who lived in the 6th century. She was the wife of king Audoin and mother of king Alboin.[1]

She was the first wife of Audoin, regent for the infant king of the Lombards Walthari from 540 to 546/547 and king in his own right from 546/547 to an uncertain date after 552, and gave him a son, his successor Alboin.[2]

When the marriage took place is unclear. the contemporary Procopius speaks of a marriage arrangement between Audoin and an unnamed sister of Amalafrid, a prince of mixed royal Ostrogothic and Thuringian stock. The bethrothment had been organized by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian at a date spanning from c.540 to 552, and this unnamed female may be the Rodelinda named by Paul the Deacon; but it has been objected by the Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire that it is not certain that the marriage Procopius speaks of eventually took place. A major difficulty added to this is that in 552 Alboin was already a warrior. The PLRE believes the marriage between Audoin and Rodelinda took place in the 530s.[2][3]

Other scholars instead tend to accept the identification, observing its importance in linking the Lombard kings with the bloodline of the Amali, the royal house of the Ostrogoths. Such a marriage would have made Audoin a legitimate heir to both the Ostrogothic and Thuringian thrones, the latter in particular as Audoin was already half-brother of the last king of the Thuringians, thus putting him in opposition to the Franks who had took over most of the Thuringian lands.[4][5]

Another explanation of Rodelinda's origins is given by István Boná: according to him she was probably a Bavarian princess, to be considered distinct from the Thuringian princess Audoin was engaged to later on.[6]


1.^ Jarnut 1995, p. 19

2.^ a b Martindale 1992, s.v. Audoin, pp. 152 – 153

3.^ Amory 2003, p. 462

4.^ Schutz 2001, p. 79

5.^ Curta 2001, p. 191

6.^ Boná 1976, p. 25


Amory, Patrick. People and Identity in Ostrogothic Italy, 489 – 554. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003, ISBN 0-521-52635-3.

(French) Boná, István. A l'aube du Moyen Age: Gépides et Lombards dans le bassin des Carpates. Budapest: Corvina Press, 1974 [1976], ISBN 963-13-4494-0.

Curta, Florin. The Making of the Slavs: History and Archaeology of the Lower Danube Region, c. 500 – 700. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001, ISBN 0-521-80202-4.

(Italian) Jarnut, Jörg. Storia dei Longobardi. Turin: Einaudi, 1982 [1995], ISBN 88-06-13658-5.

Martindale, John R. (ed.), Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire - Volume III: A.D. 527 – 641, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992, ISBN 978-0521201605.

Schutz, Herbert. Tools, Weapons and Ornaments: Germanic Material Culture in Pre-Carolingian Central Europe, 400 – 750. Leiden: Brill, 2001, ISBN 90-04-12298-2.

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Rodelinde's Timeline

Lombardy, Italy
Bavaria, Schwaben, Germany
Age 15
Age 20
Regnum Langobardorum, Pannonia Basin
August 13, 587
Age 77
Lombardy, Italy