Ultragotha

Ultragotha[1] (or Ultrogothe), 510 - after 566/567, was a Frankish queen of the Merovingian dynasty via her marriage to Childebert I, reigning from c.541-558. They had two daughters, possibly named Chrodoberge and Chrodesinde[2].

Ultragotha
Statue de la reine Ultrogothe - portail de Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois.jpg
Drawing of the statue of the queen Ultrogothe on the portal of the church Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois
Queen of the Franks
Born510
Diedafter 566
SpouseChildebert I
IssueChrodoberge
Chrodesinde
DynastyMerovingian
ReligionNicene Christianity

When Childebert died in 558, his brother Clotaire I seized his kingdom and took control of the Palais de la Cité in Paris, where the royal treasures and the family of the deceased were. According to Gregory of Tours, he then condemned Ultrogotha and the two daughters to prison. Upon reuniting the kingdom of Clovis, Clotaire I freed them; the daughters likely became nuns.[3] She died in around 567 and was buried in the St-Germain-des-Prés along with Childebert.[4] The two daughters are also buried there.

In 580, again according to Gregory of Tours, Ultrogotha's former Chancellor, Ursicinus, was chosen by Maurilio, bishop of Cahors, as his successor.[5].

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  1. ^ http://www.france-pittoresque.com/spip.php?article2938
  2. ^ http://genealogiequebec.info/testphp/info.php?no=56901
  3. ^ Dictionnaire universel chronologique et historique de Justice, police, et finances, Volume 3. 1725.
  4. ^ See "Nouveaux documents sur le tombeau de Childebert a Saint-Germain-des-Prés" in the Bulletin de la Société des Antiquaires, 1887.
  5. ^ Jean Dufour, Les évêques d’Albi, de Cahors et de Rodez, des origines à la fin du XIIe siècle, Paris, Éditions du CTHS, 1989, p. 50.

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