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Latin: Chrodechildis, French: Clotilde
Also Known As: "Clothilde", "Chrotilda", "Chrodechildis", "Chrodechilde"
Death: circa 531 (20-38)
Place of Burial: Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Clovis I the Great, King of the Franks and Chlotilde of Burgundy
Wife of Amalarico, rey de los visigodos
Sister of Ingomer; Chlodomir I, King the Franks at Orléans; Childébert "the Catholic", I, King of the Franks and Chlothar I "the Old" King of the Franks
Half sister of Theodoric, King of the Franks

Occupation: Princesse, des Francs, Princess of the Franks
Managed by: Petra Spithost-Douma
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About Clotilde, Visigoth queen consort

Clotilde, Queen Consort of the Visigoths

  • Reign: c. 526 – 531
  • Born: c. 500
  • Died: 531
  • Burial: Paris (basilique des Saints-Apôtres, later called the Abbey of Saint Genevieve)
  • Father: King Clovis I of the Franks
  • Spouse: Amalaric (526–524)
  • Issue: none known


Clotilde (or Chrodechildis) (c. 500–531) was the daughter of King Clovis I of the Franks and Queen Clotilde , and was the queen of the Visigothic King Amalaric. She was born circa 500. The favorite child of her parents, she was saddened by her father's death in 511.[1]

Clotilde married Amalaric in about 526,[1] and ties between both families were initially positive.[2] Clotilde was a Catholic, while Amalaric and his fellow-Visigoths were Arians. Clotilde refused to adopt her husband's religious practices and complained to her kin that she was persecuted for her faith. Amalaric was subsequently kicked out from Narbonne.[2] War ensued in 531 between her brother, King Childebert I, and her husband,[1] at Barcelona, Spain.[2][3] According to Isidore of Seville, Amalaric was eventually defeated, and then assassinated by his own men [4] while Clotilde traveled to Francia with the Frankish army,[1] but died on the journey. Her cause of death was not recorded. Childebert I brought her corpse to Paris for burial. Her death was greatly mourned by her mother and siblings.[5]


ALARIC ([458]-killed in battle Poitiers late summer 507). m ([494][122]%29 THEODEGOTHA [Thiudigotho] the Ostrogoth,

King Alaric II & his wife had one child:

a) AMALRIC (502-murdered Barcelona 531). Iordanes names "Amalricus" as the son of "Alarico Vesegotharum" & his wife[125]. Procopius records that the mother of “Amalricus” was "filiam Theoderici"[126]. Gregory of Tours relates that Amalric, son of Alaric, escaped from the battle in which his father was killed and fled to Spain[127]. He succeeded his father in 507 as AMALRIC King of the Visigoths, challenged by his half-brother. After his father's defeat, only Arles and Carcassonne remained under Visigoth control in France. In Jun 508, King Amalric's maternal grandfather Theodoric King of Italy arrived in France, relieved the siege of Arles, recaptured Marseille and re-established Visigoth hegemony over Septimania[128]. King Theodoric acted nominally as regent for King Amalric, although he proclaimed himself King of the Visigoths in 511 after defeating King Gesalic. Amalric was defeated by his brother-in-law Childebert King of the Franks at Narbonne in 531, and fled to Barcelona where he established his capital but was murdered soon after by his cousin Theudis. The Chronica Regum Visigotthorum records that “Amalricus” reigned for five years[129].

m (511) CHROTHIELDIS [Clotilde] of the Franks, daughter of CLOVIS I [Chlodovech] King of the Franks & his second wife Chrotechildis [Clotilde] of Burgundy (-531, bur Paris, basilique des Saints-Apôtres [later église Sainte-Geneviève]). Gregory of Tours refers to the marriage of the (unnamed) sister of the four brothers Theoderic, Chlodomer, Childebert and Lothar with Amalric King of the Visigoths, arranged after the death of their father, specifying that she was sent to Spain "with a great dowry of expensive jewellery"[130]. Procopius records that “rex…Visigotthorum Amalaricus” married "Regis Theodeberti sororem"[131]. Gregory names her Clotilde in a later passage which records that she was maltreated by her husband, brought back to France by her brother King Childebert who attacked and defeated King Amalric, but died on the journey and buried in Paris beside her father[132].


CHLODOVECH [Clovis] ([464/67]-Paris [27 Nov] 511, bur Paris, basilique des Saints-Apôtres [later église de Sainte-Geneviève]).

m [secondly] (492) CHROTECHILDIS [Clotilde/Rotilde[48]] of Burgundy, daughter of CHILPERICH King of Burgundy & his wife --- ([480]-Tours, monastery of Saint-Martin 544 or 548, bur Paris, basilique des Saints-Apôtres [later église de Sainte-Geneviève]).

King Clovis & his second wife had [six] children:MEDLANDS &

2. INGOMER (b and d 493).
3. CHLODOMER ([494/95]-killed in battle Vézeronce 21 Jun 524).
4. CHILDEBERT ([497]-23 Dec 558, bur Paris, Saint-Germain des Prés).
5. CHLOTHACHAR [Clotaire/Lothar] ([501/02]-Soissons [30 Nov/31 Dec] 561, bur Soissons, basilique Saint-Médard).
6. THEODECHILDIS ([492/501]-576)?
7. CHROTHIELDIS [Clotilde] ([502/11]-531, bur Paris, basilique des Saints-Apôtres [later église de Sainte-Geneviève]).
8. daughter?


  1. Riché, Pierre (1996), Dictionnaire des Francs: Les temps Mérovingiens. Eds. Bartillat. ISBN 2-84100-008-7
  2. Callaghan, Joseph (1975). A history of medieval Spain. Cornell University Press. pp. 41–. ISBN 9780801492648.
  3. Gambrell, Thomas Ross (2001). An Ancestral History: 8 B.C. to 1986 : a Life and Times Study of the Allerton, Appling, Barrow, Brewster, Brooke, Ficke, Gambrell, Mattison, Mooney, Newton, Petit, Rheinlander, Schwerdtfeger, Spivey, Trammel, Van Rennselaer, and Wyatt Families in Europe and the American South. Gateway Press. pp. 55–.
  4. Thomas, Joseph (2013). The Universal Dictionary of Biography and Mythology, A-clu. Cosimo. pp. 107–. ISBN 9781616400682.
  5. Bertelli, Sergio (2003). The king's body: sacred rituals of power in medieval and early modern Europe. Penn State Press. pp. 232–. ISBN 9780271041391
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  • ABBAYE SAINTE-GENEVIÈVE (Paris) (disparue) < link >
  • The Abbey was said to have been founded in 502 by King Clovis I and his queen, Clotilde, in the name of the Holy Apostles, jointly dedicated to Peter and Paul. It was built on Mount Lucotitius, a height on the Left Bank where the forum of the Roman town of Lutetia had been located. In 508, Clovis, King of the Franks, constructed a church there, where he and his wife were later buried in 511 and 545. Saint Geneviève was in the habit of coming to pray there, taking a route commemorated by the name rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève. At her death in 512, her remains were interred at the abbey church, near the tomb of Clovis. The church, originally dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul, was rededicated to Saint Genevieve, who became the patron saint of Paris. Her relics were kept in the church, and were brought out for solemn processions when dangers threatened the city. The Abbey of Saint Genevieve became a centre of religious scholarship in the Middle Ages.[1]
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