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Cloud, St.


Known also as Chlodovald or Clodoald; d. 7(?) Sept.560. He was a grandson of clovis and youngest son of Chlodomer, king of Orléans. Clovis's widow clotilde reared the three sons of Chlodomer after he was killed in an attack on the Burgundian kingdom (524). To acquire Chlodomer's kingdom, his brothers Childebert I and Chlothar I murdered two nephews, but Cloud escaped and voluntarily renounced royalty by entering religion. He led an edifying life, founded a monastery at Novigentum near Paris, and died a priest. Miracles occurred at his tomb and by 811 his foundation was known as Saint-Cloud.

Feast: Sept. 7.

Bibliography: Acta Sanctae Sedis Sept. 3:91101. Bibliotheca hagiograpica latina antiquae et mediae aetatis (Brussels 18981901) 173234. gregorius turonensis, Historiarum libri, 3:6, 18, ed. b. krusch and w. levison, Monumenta Germaniae Historica: Scriptores rerum Merovingicarum 1:101103, 117120. Vita sancti Chlodovaldi, ed. b. krusch, ibid. 2:349357. Literature. o. m. dalton, ed. and tr., The History of the Franks by Gregory of Tours, 2 v. (Oxford 1927) 1:98100.

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