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c. 474-c. 545

Woman of Note



Clotilda (also Clotilde and Chlothilde) is known chiefly for convincing her husband, Clovis, to convert to Catholicism instead of Arianism, an act that would establish the Frankish kingdom as a Catholic nation and create a significant alliance with the papacy.

According to the History of the Franks by Gregory of Tours, Clotilda tirelessly urged her husband to choose Catholicism over the Arian heresy that other Germanic peoples subscribed to. Since the majority of the Franks were also Catholic, this proved a wise political choice as well.

Clotilda retired to Tours after her husband's death and became known for her piety and charitable work. She was buried beside Clovis in the church they had cofounded in Paris, now called Sainte-Geneviève.

Important Dates

Died: June 3, c. 545

On the Web

Saint Clotilda
Concise biography by Godefroid Kurth at the Catholic Encyclopedia.

Saint Clotilda
Very brief but hyperlinked bio at the New Catholic Dictionary includes a colorful graphic of the queen holding a church.

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