Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Batholda, Widow


Saint Batholda was originally a slave and in her early youth belonged to a Frank gentleman attached to the court of Clovis II. By her noble virtues she attracted the notice of that king, who made her his wife. The young queen exerted her royal power for the most exalted ends, and passed her time in good works. When left a widow, and invested with the regency, she (who had once known the miseries of slavery) gave all the slaves in her kingdom their freedom. She founded the abbeys of Chelles and Corbie; and as soon as her son, Clothaire III, was old enough to ascend the throne she retired into the convent of Chelles, and closed her life, in the faithful practice of every monastic virtue, towards the year 685.

My crown is in my heart, not on my head;
Not decked with diamonds and Indian stones,
Not to be seen; my crown is called Content:
A crown it is that seldom kings enjoy.
    – Shakespeare

Favorite Practice – To be convinced with Queen Baiholda that to serve is to reign.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Batholda, Widow”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 April 2021. Web. 19 April 2021. <>