Saint Matilda of Saxony

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Mathilde, south side chapel, Church of Saint Pancratius, Kirnberg an der Mank, Lower Austria, date and artist unknown; photographed on 17 June 2016 by BSonne; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Matilda of Germany
  • Matilda of Ringelheim
  • Matilda, Queen of Germany
  • Mathilde
  • Mathildis
  • Maud



Daughter of Count Dietrich of Westphalia and Reinhild of Denmark; she was raised by her grandmother, abbess of the Eufurt. In 913, Matilda left the abbey, and married King Henry the Fowler of Saxony (Henry I), who had received an annulment from a previous marriage. Queen of Germany. Mother of Otto, Holy Roman Emperor; Henry the Quarrelsome, Duke of Bavaria; Saint Bruno the Great, Archbishop of Cologne, Germany; Gerberga, wife of King Louis IV of France; Hedwig, mother of Hugh Capet. Founded several Benedictine abbeys. Well known throughout the realm for her generosity, she taught the ignorant, comforted the sick, and visited prisoners. Betrayed by Otto after Henry’s death when he falsely accused her of financial mismanagement.





MLA Citation

  • “Saint Matilda of Saxony“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 November 2021. Web. 22 January 2022. <>