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Radegund, of Thuringia

Also Known As: "Radegonde", "Radegund", "Rhadegund", "Radigundes", "Rodegunde"
Birthplace: Thuringia, Germany
Death: August 13, 587 (64-73)
Seine,IIe-de-France, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Place of Burial: St. Dennis, Paris
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Bertachar, co-King of the Thüringians and NN
Ex-wife of Chlothar I "the Old" King of the Franks
Sister of Générations manquantes de Thüringe and Gondebaud, Duke of the Thüringians

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About Radegund, of Thuringia

CHLOTHACHAR [Clotaire/Lothar], son of CHLODOVECH King of the Franks & his second wife Chrotechildis of Burgundy ([501/02]-Soissons [30 Nov/31 Dec] 561, bur Soissons, basilique Saint-Médard).

m firstly ([524]) as her second husband, his sister-in-law, GUNTHEUCA [Gondioque], widow of CHLODOMER King of the Franks, daughter of --- [King of Burgundy].

m secondly (531, repudiated) RADEGUND of Thuringia, daughter of BERTHECHAR [Bertaire] King of the Thuringians & his wife --- (Erfurt 518-Poitiers 13 Aug 587, bur Poitiers, basilique Sainte-Marie-hors-les-Murs). Gregory of Tours names Radegund as the orphaned daughter of Berthar[154]. The Vitæ Sanctæ Radegundis names "Radegundis natione barbare de regione Thoringa" and her "avo rege Bessino, patruo Hermenfredo, patre rege Bertechario"[155]. In a later passage, Gregory records that, after the Frankish invasion of Thuringia, Radegund formed part of the booty taken home by Clotaire I King of the Franks, who later married her[156]. The testament of Radegund dated to [584/87] survives[157]. Gregory of Tours records the death of St Radegund on 13 Aug[158]. She was canonised, her feast day is 13 Aug[159].

[m] thirdly ([532]) INGUNDIS [Ingonde], daughter of ---. Gregory of Tours names Ingund as the wife of King Clotaire and mother of six of his children[160]. She was King Clotaire's concubine from [517][161].

[m] fourthly ARNEGUNDIS [Aregonde], sister of his third wife Ingonde, daughter of ---. Gregory of Tours specifies that King Clotaire's wife Aregonde was the sister of his wife Ingonde, making clear that the marriage was polygamous as he records that Clotaire reported his "marriage" to Aregonde to his wife Ingonde[162]. She is named "Chæregundem" in the Liber Historiæ Francorum[163].

[m] [fifthly] (555, repudiated) [as her second husband], WALDRADA, widow of THEODEBALD King of the Franks, daughter of WACCHO King of the Lombards & his second wife Ostrogotha of the Gepides. According to Gregory of Tours, King Clotaire "began to have intercourse" with the widow of King Theodebald, before "the bishops complained and he handed her over to Garivald Duke of Bavaria"[164], which does not imply that Clotaire married Waldrada. Herimannus names "Wanderadam" wife of "Theodpaldus rex Francorum" when recording her second marriage to "Lotharius rex patris eius Theodeberti patruus"[165]. She married thirdly (after 555) Garibald Duke in Bavaria.

Mistress (1): CHUNSINA, daughter of ---. Gregory of Tours names Chunsina as the mistress of King Clotaire, mother of Chramn[166]. She is named "Gunsinam" in the Liber Historiæ Francorum[167].

Mistress (2): ---. The name of King Clotaire's second mistress is not known.

King Clotaire & his third [wife] had [seven] children http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/MEROVINGIANS.htm#ClotaireIdied561B

Klotar var også gift med Ingund, datter av kong Baderik av Thüringen. Ingund kom med en henvendelse til Klotar om han kunne finne en velegnet ektemann verdig hennes søster Aregund. [7] Da han ikke fant noen som var bedre egnet enn seg selv, giftet han seg med henne. Undersøkelser av Aregunds skjelett i hans grav tyder på at hun led av poliomyelitt og haltet, og antagelig hadde født et barn som attenåring. [8] [9] Det er mulig at Klotar giftet seg med henne da hun ikke var attråverdig som gifte for andre. Hun født ham sønnen Kilperik De var sammen fram til Ingunds død i 546. Deretter mistet han interessen for henne. [10] Hun døde i 561.

No one descends from this saint as she bore no children.

Radegund (also spelled Rhadegund, Radegonde) (ca. 520–586) was a 6th century Frankish princess, who founded the monastery of the Holy Cross at Poitiers. Canonized in the 9th century, she is the patron saint of several English churches and of Jesus College, Cambridge. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radegund


Radegund was one of Clotaire I’s four wives (the other three being Chunsina, Ingund and Ingund’s sister Aregund).

She bore him no children, and, after Clotaire I had her brother assassinated, she turned to God, founding a nunnery in Poitiers.

Her chaplain was the poet Venantius Fortunatus and she was a friend of Gregory of Tours. She died on 13 August 586 and her funeral, which both men attended, was three days later.

She was canonized as a saint in the ninth century. Five English parish churches are dedicated to her, and she had a chapel in the old St Paul's Cathedral, as well as in Gloucester, Lichfield, and Exeter Cathedrals. Saint Radegund's Abbey, near Dover, was founded in her honour in 1191. She is also the patron saint of Jesus College, Cambridge, which was founded on the site of the twelfth-century nunnery of Saint Mary and Saint Radegund. 16015 “St. Radegund (518 - 587) Radegund, Queen of the Franks, founded a hospital for lepers where she nursed the sick herself. Members of the court were shocked when they heard that Radegund kissed each of her patients. They told the queen that such a thing was repulsive andno one would want to kiss her now. ‘If you never kiss me again,’ Radegund answered them, ‘I really don’t mind.’” “365 Saints: Mystics, Martyrs, and Miracle Workers. Ecstatic Ascetics and Brides of Christ. A 1998 Calendar of The Lives and Writings of the Saints.” Thomas J. Craughwell. Workman Publishing Company. New York: 1997.


   Princess of Thuringia. Queen of France. Daughter of the pagan king Berthachar of Thuringia. She was given at age 12 to Clotaire I as a hostage after he conquered her father‘s army in 531. The girl converted to Christianity during her captivity, and 540 she was married against her will to Clotaire who then badly mistreated her, partly for being childless. In 555 she finally left him and took the veil from Saint Medard. Deaconess at Noyon, France. She founded the convent of the Holy Cross, Poiters, France; among the many relics in its chapel was a piece of the True Cross. She placed the house under the Rule of Saint Caesarius of Arles, and lived there her remaining 30 years; it became a center of scholarship. Spiritual student of Saint John of Chinon. Friend of Saint Fortunatus, who composed his hymn Vexilla Regis in her honor. She was very active in the affairs of the Church and civil politics, and gained a repuation as a peacemaker. Jesus College in Cambridge was originally dedicated to her. 


   518 in Erfurt, Saxony


   13 August 587 in Poitiers, France of natural causes
   relics burned by Calvinists in 1562




   against drowning
   against fever
   against leprosy
   against scabies
   against scabs
   against the death of parents
   against ulcers
   difficult marriages
   Poitiers, France


   receiving an apparition of Our Lord

Additional Information

   Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
   Lives of the Saints, by Father Alban Butler
   New Catholic Dictionary
   Pictorial Lives of the Saints, by John Dawson Gilmary Shea
       Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints
   other sites in english
       Catholic Herald
       Encyclopedia Britannica
       Life of the Holy Radegund, by Saint Venantius Fortunatus
       Medieval Women’s Latin Letters
       New International Encyclopaedia
       Regina Magazine
       Saints Alive, by Father Robert F. McNamara
       Salve Maria Regina
   sites en français
       Abbé Christian-Philippe Chanut
   siti in italiano
       Santi e Beati
   nettsteder i norsk
       Den katolske kirke

MLA Citation

   “Saint Radegunde“. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 October 2016. Web. 23 October 2016. <http://catholicsaints.info/saint-radegunde/>
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Thuringia, Germany
August 13, 587
Age 69
Paris, Île-de-France, France
St. Dennis, Paris