Clotilda, Saint

Clotilda, Saint

(klətĭl`də), d. 545, Frankish queen. She converted her husband, Clovis IClovis I
, c.466–511, Frankish king (481–511), son of Childeric I and founder of the Merovingian monarchy. Originally little more than a tribal chieftain, he became sole leader of the Salian Franks by force of perseverance and by murdering a number of relatives.
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, to Christianity and built with him in Paris the Church of the Apostles Peter and Paul, later renamed (10th cent.) Sainte-Geneviève. After her husband's death she spent her life caring for the poor. Feast: June 3.
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There must be a middle ground, and here she turns to such upper class saints as Saint Clotilda, Saint Louis, and Saint Elizabeth of Hungary as examples of people who remained in the world and nevertheless achieved sainthood (pp.