Theudelinde of Bavaria, Queen of the Lombards 1 2
- Born: 546, Metz, (Moselle), Austrasia, France
- Marriage (1): Agilulf King of the Lombards in 591
- Died: 625 at age 79
Another name for Theudelinde was Theodelinda.
From Wikipedia - Theodelinda :
Theodelinda, queen of the Lombards , (c. 570 - 628 ) was the daughter of duke Garibald I of Bavaria .
She was married first in 588 to Authari , king of the Lombards, son of king Cleph . Authari died in 590 . Theodelinda was allowed to pick Agilulf as her next husband and Authari's successor in 591 . She thereafter exerted much influence in restoring Nicene Christianity (the mainstream, in 1054 split by the East-West Schism in Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy ) to a position of primacy in Italy against its rival, Arian Christianity .
After the conversion of Authari to the Catholic faith, she started building churches in Lombardy and Tuscany , among them the cathedral of Monza and the first Baptistery of Florence. They were all dedicated to Saint John the Baptist .
The famous treasure of Monza contains the Iron Crown of Lombardy and the theca persica, enclosing a text from the Gospel of John , sent by Pope Gregory I (590-604) to her for her son Adaloald . Another of the gifts of this pope to the Lombard queen was a cruciform encolpion (reliquary) containing a portion of the True Cross .
Theudelinde married Agilulf King of the Lombards, son of Ansvald of Turin and Unknown, in 591. (Agilulf King of the Lombards was born about 547 in <Italy> and died in 616.)