Basina of Thuringia

Basina or Basine (c. 438 – 477) was remembered as a queen of Thuringia in the middle of the fifth century, by much later authors such as especially Gregory of Tours.[1] However, because Gregory described her family's kingdom of Thuringia as being on the Gaulish or western side of the river Rhine, it is sometimes thought to be the Civitas Tungrorum, which is now Belgium.

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13th-century depiction of Basina and Childeric I
Queen of Thuringia
Tenurec. 463 – 477
Bornc. 438
Diedc. 477(477-00-00) (aged 38–39)
HusbandChilderic I


Gregory of Tours reported that Childeric I was exiled from Roman Gaul for a period, and during that time he went to the kingdom of Thuringia. When he returned, Basina came with him, although she had been married to the king there, Bisinus. She herself took the initiative to ask for the hand of Childeric I, king of the Franks, and married him. For as she herself said, "I want to have the most powerful man in the world, even if I have to cross the ocean for him".[2]

Childeric and Basina were the parents of Clovis I, who is remembered as the first medieval king to rule Gaul, and all the Frankish kingdoms.

According to the Gesta episcoporum Cameracensium, the Frankish King Ragnachar, and his brother Richar, from the area of Cambrai were related to Basina.[3]

Marriage and childrenEdit

In 463, Basina married Childeric I, son of Merovech and his wife, and had the following children:

  1. Clovis I (466 – 511)
  2. Audofleda (467 – 511) – queen of the Ostrogoths and wife of Theodoric the Great
  3. Lantechildis (468 – ?)
  4. Albofledis (470 – ?).


Queen Basina of Thuringia is the central antagonist in the 2005 film, The Brothers Grimm.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Singer, Rachel (2022-03-14). "Gregory's forgotten rebel: the portrayal of Basina by Gregory of Tours and its implications". Early Medieval Europe. doi:10.1111/emed.12534. ISSN 0963-9462.
  2. ^ Gregory of Tours. "Book II". The History of the Franks. Translated by Lewis Thorpe. Baltimore: Penguin. ISBN 9780140442953.
  3. ^ Deeds of the Bishops of Cambrai, (Bernard S. Bachrach, David S. Bachrach, Michael Leese, trans.), Routledge, 2017, 9781317036210

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