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E05937: The Chronicle of Fredegar states that when he died in 629, King Chlothar II was buried in the church of St *Vincent (martyr of Saragossa and Valencia, S00290) at Paris. Written in Latin in Gaul/Francia, 659/700.

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Chronicle of Fredegar 4.56

Anno xlv regni sui Chlotharius moritur et suburbano Parisius in ecclesia sancti Vincentii sepellitur.

'Chlothar died in the forty-fifth year of his reign [629]. He was buried in the church of Saint Vincent on the outskirts of Paris.'

Text and translation: Wallace-Hadrill 1960.


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Saint Name

Vincent/Vincentius, deacon and martyr of Saragossa and Valencia : S00290

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

Literary - Other narrative texts (including Histories)


  • Latin

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Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Gaul and Frankish kingdoms

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Tours Tours Toronica urbs Prisciniacensim vicus Pressigny Turonorum civitas Ceratensis vicus Céré

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Monarchs and their family


The work known as the Chronicle of Fredegar dates from the second half of the 7th century. There is a long history of controversy over the questions of how many authors were involved in its compilation and precisely when they worked, but the current consensus is that it was produced by a single author working in one of the Frankish kingdoms at some point after 659 (Collins 1996, 83, 91-96). While the first three books of the chronicle largely reproduce earlier sources, Book 4 is an original composition, covering events from 584 to 642.


The church of Vincent at Paris was founded by Childebert I (ob. 558), who was buried there (see E02098). Chlothar II (r. 584-629) was one of several members of the Merovingian dynasty who were buried there in subsequent generations. On the church, see Vieillard-Troiekouroff 1976, 211-214; Duval et al. 1992, 119-22. For the numerous references to it by Gregory of Tours, see among others E02098, E02190, E02269, E02321.


Edition and translation: Wallace-Hadrill, J.M., The Fourth Book of the Chronicle of Fredegar (London, 1960). Further reading: Collins, R., "Fredegar," in: P.J. Geary (ed.), Authors of the Middle Ages: Historical and Religious Writers of the Latin West, vol. 4, nos. 12-13 (Aldershot, 1996), 73-138. Duval, N. et al., "Paris," in: N. Gauthier and J.-Ch. Picard (eds.), Topographie chrétienne des cités de la Gaule des origines au milieu du VIIIe siècle, vol. 8: Province ecclésiastique de Sens (Lungdunensis Senonia) (Paris, 1992), 97-129. Vieillard-Troiekouroff, M., Les monuments religieux de la Gaule d'après les œuvres de Grégoire de Tours (Paris, 1976).

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