Text #3301

Fredegar. The Fourth Book of the Chronicle of Fredegar
[Fred. Chron. 90. Translated by John Michael Wallace-Hadrill. Oxford University Press. 1960 pp. 78--79]

[…] Flaochad left Autun and advanced to Chalon, which he entered. On the following day this city was burnt to the ground by some mischance of which I am ignorant; and Flaochad was struck down by divine judgement and attacked by fever. He was placed in a skiff on the river Arar (the Saône, they call it) and they made haste to Sainte-Jean-de-Losne; but he died on the way. It was eleven days after Willebad’s death. He was buried in the church of Saint Bénigne, outside Dijon. Many believed 1 that since Flaochad and Willebad had time and again sworn mutual friendship in places holy to saints and in addition had both greedily oppressed and robbed their people, it was God’s judgement that delivered the land from their overweening tyranny and laid them low for their faithfulness and lying.

  1. For contemporary views cf. Vita Eligii, ed. Krusch, M.G.H. Script. Rer. Mero. IV, p. 715 and Vita Sigiramni, ibid. p. 613 [OF]

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