A Garner of Saints – Saint Radegund

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Radegund, date and artist unknown; church of Saint Blaise, Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine; photographed on 11 June 2012 by Havang(nl); swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

Born in 519, the daughter of Bertaire, king of Thuringia, who was assassinated by his brother Hermenfried. Thierry, king of Austrasia, and Clotaire, king of Soissons, then warred upon the murderer and completely defeated him. Radegund, at this time only twelve years of age, was carried off by Clotaire, who instructed her in the Christian religion and afterwards married her. She became a devout Christian, but her piety displeased her husband who thought it excessive. Her sanctity was so great that even at this time some prisoners at Peronne. castle were released by an angel when they prayed to Radegund. The breach with her husband finally came when Clotaire assassinated her brother in order to take possession of his estates. Radegund left the court and received the veil from Saint Medard, bishop of Noyon. Clotaire however pursued her and she fled to Sais. On the way she passed a yeoman who was sowing oats. Turning to him she said that if any men came up and asked for a person of her appearance, he should say that she had passed at the time when he was sowing his field. Shortly afterwards the king came up with his men, but on receiving the yeoman’s reply, they returned home, for the crops were already fully grown. Soon afterwards Radegund went to Poitiers, founding a nunnery there, making a holy virgin named Agnes the abbess over herself. But Radegund became noted for acts of piety and the miracles which she wrought. A sick man was healed by taking a bath and by the saint pouring a sweet smelling oil over his head. She would wash the feet of poor beggars and care for their wounds, not disdaining to touch them, however filthy and loathsome they might be. One night, when visiting her monastery, her attention was directed to some goats which were jumping on the walls. She at once understood.that they were devils, but on her making the sign of the cross, they disappeared. On one occasion she revived a still-born child brought to her by its father, by wrapping it in the horse skin rug on which she knelt at her devotions. She healed a demoniac woman by putting her foot on the sufferer’s head, upon which the devil immediately issued from her body. One day she sent a man named Flerejus to fish with two companions. They were caught in a fearful storm, but on appealing to Radegund, the storm ceased. A girl of wealthy and noble family being attacked by a fever, made a wax candle to Saint Radegund, and as the candle burned down, the fever left her. Her acceptability to Heaven was shown by a special manifestation of the Virgin and Child Jesus to her one day as she was praying. Clotaire at one time thought of taking her back to him by force, but she wrote to Saint Germain of Paris, who went to the king and dissuaded him. After a life of tranquillity and Christian devotion, Radegund died in the year 587. 13th August.

Attributes

  • The royal crown; prisoner with broken fetters at her feet.

MLA Citation

  • Allen Banks Hinds, M.A. “Saint Radegund”. A Garner of Saints, 1900. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 April 2017. Web. 26 May 2017. <>