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Slanted view of Fredegund?
I know that there are very few sources from this time period, but it seems like most of the information on this page is based off the work of Gregory of Tours. Having read his work, it seems like he has a blatant dislike of the woman and may therefore not be the most neutral of sources. I recall having read that she was at one point a servant, which may have been mistranslated and mean something closer to a lesser noble, however, in either case, Gregory seems to have a distaste for marriage between classes -- he comments negatively on it a few times. Also, would there be any way to get more of her background worked into this article?
Honestly, calling her a "ruthless murderer" seems a bit unfair -- plenty of other people committed similar acts of violence -- St. Clothild had her abbess dragged through the streets by her hair at one point, according to some sources, and there were certainly vindictive feuds between men. I can't help but feel that Fredegund's getting some unfair press. Sgt.widget 05:52, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
Though slanted , Gregory is about the main source regarding Fredegundis. What we know is that unlike Galswinthe and Brunhildis she did not belong to an aristocratic family. Not Royal, not noble through the old Gallo-Roman senatorial nobility. Unlike her sister-in-law, her husband second wife and her brothers-in-law. Caribert's got repudiated but her manners could have cost her life and did not (because she belonged to a Touraine aristocratic family with links to the bishopric), same goes with Gunthramm's wife. True the royal playboys had fun with the servants, but a prestigious marriage was important for diplomacy . on the plus side, a low born wife could but have low born menfolk and said menfolk never unlikely to remonstarte an erring husband unlike a kingly father in law.
Fredegundis may be innocent; true none the less, she is regarded tpo this very day as a murderess by her country men and nobody has ever fought for her honour. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 15:41, 27 December 2012 (UTC)