Albofledis

Albofledis (or Albochledis) was a Frankish noblewoman, the daughter of the Frankish king Childeric I (d. 481) and the Thuringian noblewoman Basina (d. 477). She was a sister of Clovis I.[1] According to Gregory of Tours, she was baptised on the same day as her brother.[2] This event has been dated as early as 496 or as late as 509.[3][4] At the time she dedicated herself to a life of perpetual virginity, but she died not long after. Bishop Remigius of Reims addressed a letter of consolation to Clovis on the occasion of her death.[2] This letter is quoted in part by Gregory,[5] and is also included in full in the collection known as the Epistolae Austrasicae.[6] Although Gregory spells her name Albofledis, the scribe of the Epistolae gives Albochledis.[2] Remigius describes her as "chosen by God", a deo electa.[4]

Some historians are of the opinion that Albofledis is the same person as Audofleda and that Clovis had only two sisters, the other being Lantechildis.[7]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Martindale 1980, p. 1335.
  2. ^ a b c Martindale 1980, p. 54.
  3. ^ Shanzer 1998, p. 29.
  4. ^ a b Hartmann 2008, pp. 136–137.
  5. ^ Murray 2008, no. 31.
  6. ^ Murray 2008, no. 40.
  7. ^ Hartmann 2008, p. 130.

SourcesEdit

  • Hartmann, Martina (2008). "Gregor von Tours und arianische Königinnen oder Hatte Chlodwig I. zwei oder drei Schwestern?". Mitteilungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung. 116 (1–4): 130–137. doi:10.7767/miog.2008.116.14.130. S2CID 163615978.
  • Martindale, John R., ed. (1980). The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire: Volume II, AD 395–527. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-20159-4.
  • Murray, Alexander Callander, ed. (2008). From Roman to Merovingian Gaul: A Reader. University of Toronto Press.
  • Shanzer, Danuta (1998). "Dating the Baptism of Clovis: The Bishop of Vienne vs the Bishop of Tours". Early Medieval Europe. 7 (1): 29–57. doi:10.1111/1468-0254.00017.