Manus 15: La Vie de S. La Conversion d’Hermenigilde. (France) Edit


Component Unique Identifier
Item 15
Level of Description


  • 1671 (Creation)


  • Scope and Contents

    Language: French. Date: 1671. Title: La Vie de S. La Conversion d’Hermenigilde. Creator: unknown. Place of creation: France. Physical description: Paper, 85 leaves (170 numbered pages) ; 15 x 10 cm. Summary: This small manuscript gives an account of the lives of two Catholic saints who opposed the Arian heresy in France and Spain during the early Middle Ages. Both stories feature women who convert their husbands from heresy to orthodox Catholicism. The first work in the volume is the Life of S. Clotilda (Fr. Clotilde). Catholic Burgundian princess Clotilda (c. 474 – June 3, 548) wed Clovis I, King of the Franks in 493. Her encouragement led her pagan husband to convert to Catholic Christianity, ensuring the triumph in Gaul of Roman Catholicism over paganism and Arianism, as Clovis’s dynasty, the Merovingians, survived until the rise of the Carolingians in the 8th century. Gregory of Tours in his Histories provides extended accounts of the arguments that Clotilda used to convince her husband of the truth of the Christian faith. After Clovis’s death, Clotilda retired to Tours, where she was known for her charity and sanctity of life. Clotilda is buried beside Clovis in the church they co-founded in Paris, now Sainte-Genevieve, and her feast day is celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church on June 3rd. Following the description of the life of Clotilda, the manuscript turns to another Catholic saint lauded by Gregory, the Spanish prince and Catholic martyr Hermenegild (Fr. Hermenigilde). Hermenegild was the eldest son of the Visigothic king Leovigild of Spain. He married the princess Ingunthis, the Catholic daughter of Sigebert, King of Austrasia, in France. Like Clotilda, Ingunthis persuaded her husband to convert to orthodox Catholicism from Arianism, for which he incurred his father’s wrath. Leovigild captured his son during a rebellion, and after failing to persuade him to return to Arianism, he had him executed in 585. Hermenegild is buried in Seville, and his feast day is celebrated on April 13th. For more information see Alban Butler, The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints, v.4 (D&J Sadler and Co., 1864), available online at For more information on Clotilda see the Catholic Encyclopedia article on her by Godefroid Kurth, translated by Joseph P. Thomas (NY: Robert Appleton, 1908), available online at Note: Bound in 17th century full undecorated vellum over paper boards ; plain white endpapers. 16mo. Written in dark brown ink in a single hand. Includes dated title page and table of contents (p. 3). Pages numbered and with running titles: “Clotilde” (p. 6-41) and “Hermenigilde” (42-170). Ex Sir Thomas Phillipps Collection, England, #1131 ; Phillipps Collection stamp and number on front fly-leaf. Purchased by Sir Thomas Phillipps from Verbelen de Bruxelles (Brussels, Belgium), 1824. History of Brandeis’s acquisition of the volume unknown ; possibly the gift of Philip D. Sang. Call #: Manus 15