Fredegonde

(Fredegunda)

d. 597
FREDEGONDE WATCHING THE CORONATION OF GALSWINTHA

Fredegonde was the queen consort of King Chilperic I, the Frankish ruler of Soissons. Her reign was marked by several assassinations and even more attempted murders, and she was described as sadistically cruel. Fredegonde was originally a servant but became mistress to Chilperic I after he murdered his first wife. She was believed to be responsible for the assassination of the kingís half-brother Sigebert I, and she made attempts on the lives of Guntram, the king of Burgundy; Childebert, Sigebertís son; and Brunhilda, the sister of the former queen. After her husbandís mysterious death, Fredegonde seized his wealth and found sanctuary in the cathedral at Paris, where she lived with her son until her death in 597. She earned a reputation of ruthless wickedness, and her son began his reign in the same manner, stretching his motherís former enemy, Brunhilda, on the rack for three days, before having her dismembered by four horses.


Key events during the life of Fredegonde:


Year
Event
550
Born
567
Chilperic I married Galswintha, his first wife
575
Assassination of Sigebert I
584
Assassination of Chilperic I
597
Died
613
Son Chlotar II took control of the Frankish kingdom

Other Resources


Story Links
Book Links
Clotaire and His Relatives  in  The Story of Old France  by  H. A. Guerber
Two Rival Queens  in  The Story of Old France  by  H. A. Guerber
Descendents of Clovis  in  The Story of the Middle Ages  by  Samuel B. Harding
Three Little Princes  in  The Story of France  by  Mary Macgregor
Rival Queens  in  Historical Tales: French  by  Charles Morris


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Fredegonde Watching the Coronation of her Rival
 in Greatest Nations - Germany


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