Francia as "Christendom": the Merovingian Vita Dom.Nae Balthildis

in Medieval Encounters
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Abstract

This essay presents a discursive analysis of the Vita Domnae Balthildis, arguing that it depicts a new model of the Christianization of a kingdom and a new paradigm for the ideal ruler: a queen whose piety and humility lead to the political unification of her country and to its favor before God. First, the use of scriptural allusions portray Balthild as a servant of God in line with key biblical figures of Christianity's past. Second, the text depicts a Francia united in a way that diflers from previous literary models of Christianization, particularly those of Clovis and Constantine. Third, the model of royal, feminine piety is distinct from other Frankish hagiography. Balthild is the linchpin in God's salvific plan for Francia, which itself is envisioned as what later would be called Christendom.

Francia as "Christendom": the Merovingian Vita Dom.Nae Balthildis

in Medieval Encounters

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