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Blithildis Merovingian

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Blithildis (Bilichildis) "fictional person" Merovingian
Born [date unknown] [location unknown]
Daughter of [uncertain] and [mother unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] in DISPUTEDmap
Wife of — married in Francemap
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
25 November 2015
17:14: Bree Ogle added an unmerged match of Merovingian-71 and Merovingian-67. [Thank Bree for this]
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Categories: Disputed Existence.

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Brubaker & Smith (2004), and Cawley (2006), call the existence of Blithildis into question.[1] She may be a late-8th century (or after) fabriction by the Carolingians to claim Merovingian descent.[2] Settipani, however, believes some primary sources suggest that reconstructions of Ansbert's family may, *in part*, be based on historical fact. But this in itself, does not resolve the identity of any spouse.[3][4] Brubaker & Smith (2004), further state that no 7th century document names a Merovingian princess by the name of Blithildis.[5]



Blithildis;[6] Bilichildis; Blitchildim; Blithilde[7][8]


The parents listed for this individual are speculative and may not be based on sound genealogical research. Sources to prove or disprove this ancestry are needed. Please contact the Profile Manager or leave information on the bulletin board.

Some fanciful reconstructions of her parents are:

  • Clotair I (Chlothachar), King of the Franks and Ingundis (Ingonde)[1]
  • Lothaire[2] and Beretrudam[3]
  • Clotaire I and Waldrada[10]


m. Ansbertus. Issue:[1][2]

  • (disputed) Arnoldum[1]


Brubaker, L. & Smith, J.M.H. (2004). "Pippinid wives." Gender in the Early Medieval World: East and West, 300-900. Cambridge University Press. eBook.[11] Citing:

  • Commenmoratio genealogiae domni Karoli gloriosissimi imperatoris (9th century)
  • Genealogia regum Francorum (citing Commenmoratio genealogiae domni ...)
  • Blithildis genuit Arnaldum ex Ansberto illustri viro

European Aristocrats Source
Our main source for medieval genealogy in the European Aristocrats Project is the FMG database MEDIEVAL LANDS: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families by Charles Cawley,© Foundation for Medieval Genealogy & Charles Cawley, 2000-2015.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Liber Historiæ Francorum
  2. 2.0 2.1 Carmen de Exordio Gentis Francorum
  3. Chronico Marcianensi de Sancta Rictrude; "chronologically impossible if she was the grandmother of Arnoul Bishop of Metz" (Cawley, 2006)

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On March 24, 2014 at 15:47GMT Bob Fields wrote:

Unknown-211534 and Merovingian-67 appear to represent the same person because: Same husband (Ansbertus), similar birth/death dates, children have pending merges and the parents have to be merged also.

Bilichildis is 37 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 39 degrees from AJ Jacobs, 66 degrees from Lisa Kudrow, 46 degrees from Kurt Vonnegut and 36 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II of the Commonwealth Realms on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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