Ordinary Time: August 13th
St. Radegund's father was a king; when he was conquered by King
Theodoric of Austrasia and King Clotaire I of Neustria, Radegund was
taken captive at the age of twelve by Clotaire, son of Clovis, the
first Christian King of the Franks. She lived at Athies until she
was 18, when Clotaire brought her to Vitry and married her. Clotaire
was "a man of shocking character." As queen, Radegund spent her time
doing charitable work with the poor and the captives. She ministered
to lepers and founded a hospital for them. Radegund had been married
to Clotaire for six years when he killed her brother. Unable to bear
his cruelties any longer, she became a nun, with his permission.
Radegund had a double monastery built in Poitiers called Holy Cross.
When Clotaire decided to bring her back to court, St. Germanus
interceded on her behalf, and the repentant Clotaire sent Germanus
back to Radeund to ask her forgiveness and prayers. After her death
(587), Radegund's face shone "with a brightness surpassing the
beauty of lilies and roses."