Saint Bathilde

illustration of Saint Bathild dispensing alms to the poor; taken from 'Pictorial Lives of the Saints', 1892Also known as

  • Baldechilde
  • Baldhild
  • Bathild
  • Bathildes
  • Bathildis
  • Bauteur



Kidnapped in her youth from her native England and sold into slavery in France to Erkenwald, the Mayor of the Palace of King Clovis II. When grown, she was placed in charge of the household. Married King Clovis II in 649. Queen. Mother of three sons, all of whom became kings: Clotaire III, Childeric II and Thierry I. She used her royal position to protect the Church, and help the poor. Widowed in 655. Regent. Upon taking her late husband’s power, she immediately forbade the enslavement of Christians. Endowed religious houses, including Chells Abbey, and helped the work of Saint Eligius. In 665, when her son Clotaire was 15, she handed the throne over to him, and entered Chelles Abbey, spending the rest of her life in prayer and care of the sick.






Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Bathilde“. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 July 2020. Web. 11 August 2020. <>