Chlothsind (fl. 560s) was a Frankish princess and the queen consort of the Lombard king Alboin. Her name may also be spelled Chlothsinda, Chlodosinda, Chlodosind, Chlodoswintha or Chlodosuinth.
Chlothsind was a daughter of the Frankish king Chlothar I and queen Ingund. She became the first wife of the Lombard king Alboin while the Lombards were still settled in Pannonia. According to Paul the Deacon, they had one child, Albsuinda. This marriage is also recorded in Gregory of Tours and the Origo gentis Langobardorum.
Bishop Nicetius of Trier addressed a letter to Chothsind. It was dispatched with returning Lombard ambassadors, but its date is unclear. It is usually dated to before 568, probably between 561 and 567. Nicetius expressed hope that she could induce her husband to convert to Catholicism rather than Arianism, just as her grandmother Chlothild helped convert Clovis I, Chlothar's father.
Chlothsind died not long after the Lombards began to settle in Italy in 568. After her death, Alboin married Rosimunda.
- ^ Marazzi 2021, p. 173.
- ^ a b c d e Martindale 1992, s.v. Chlodosinda (1), p. 297.
- ^ a b c d e Tyrrell 2012, p. 139.
- ^ a b Wood 1994, pp. 165–166.
- ^ a b Barrett & Woudhuysen 2016, p. 50.
- ^ Wood 1994, p. 355.
- ^ Barrett & Woudhuysen 2016, pp. 50 & 53. The name is spelled Hlodosuinda and Hlodosinda in the Austrasian Letters collection.
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