Fredegund

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Fredegund

 

(also Frédégonde). Born circa 545; died 597. Queen of Neustria from 567. Wife of the Neustrian king Chilperic I and mother of Clotaire II.

In 592, during Clotaire’s minority, Fredegund in effect assumed control of the state. She took part in the protracted, bloody struggle within the Merovingian dynasty—particularly the struggle against Brunhilda, the queen of Austrasia.

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Brunehilde and Fredegonde were the results of the painful struggle of civilization in its infancy, when man was learning to control mind, were it even by an emissary from the realms of darkness.
The printed waste used as the front endpaper pastedown has the word "Fredegonde" in capitals at the tail; this is the catch-word from the prelims of another book, Fredegonde et Brunehaut.
Le loup se fait berger, Fredegonde garde les moutons, Hernani joue de la flute, Marguerite, de la Tour de Nesle, pince de la harpe.
More than thirty years later, he declared that the medieval graves rescued by Alexandre Lenoir from revolutionary destruction had made a profound impression on him: "I filled those graves with my imagination, I felt the dead through the marble, and it was not without apprehension that I entered the vault where Dagobert, Chilperic, and Fredegonde slept.