September 13, 2005

Basilique Sainte-Clotilde (3)

Posted by clotilde at 9:54 AM

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Thank you for introducing a church that is new to most of your readers! The original Clothilde (or Chrothild) married Clovis, the first of the Frankish kings to convert to Christianity in the sixth century. According to hagiographic legend, it was she who converted her husband. (This kind of anecdote is common in the biographies of early medieval female saints; it is the piety of the woman that spreads faith in the pagan world through marriage.) However, as Lina Eckenstein, one of the pioneering scholars of the history of medieval women notes, Gregory of Tours (a medieval writer) describes the queen as being very different from the Clothilde we meet on this blog: ruthless, vengeful and "unscrupulous." There are no records of her recipes or diety preferences.

Posted by Deste on September 13, 2005 6:27 PM

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