Rigunth

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Rigunth (or Rigundis) (c. 569–after 589) was a Frankish princess, daughter of the Merovingian King Chilperic I and Fredegund.

Fredegunde tries to kill Rigunth, 1887

Biography[edit]

Rigunth was the eldest child and only recorded daughter of Chilperic and Fredegund. About 583, she was betrothed to Recarede, eldest son of Leovigild, King of the Visigoths. In September 584 she was sent to Spain in a convoy with a large treasure as dowry. During the journey King Chilperic died and the soldiers escorting the princess took everything they could steal and fled.[1] At Toulouse, Duke Didier seized what was left. The princess was returned to her mother in 585.[2]

She took refuge with her mother and led a life viewed as debauched. She often quarreled with her mother who failed in an attempt to kill her in 589.[3] Her date of death is unknown.

Further reading[edit]

  • Eugen Ewig: Die Merowinger und das Frankenreich. 4. Auflage, Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2001. ISBN 3-17-017044-9
  • Martina Hartmann: Aufbruch ins Mittelalter. Die Zeit der Merowinger. Darmstadt 2003, ISBN 3-534-15829-6.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grégoire de Tours, Histoire des francs, livre VI, 45; VII, 9-15 & 35.
  2. ^ Lot, Ferdinand (1948). Naissance de la France. Paris: Librairie Arthème Fayard. 
  3. ^ Grégoire de Tours, Histoire des Francs, livre IX, 34.

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