Family Links

1. Bisinus, King of Thuringia

2. Childeric I, King of the Salian Franks

Basina 2732

  • Marriage (1): Bisinus, King of Thuringia
  • Marriage (2): Childeric I, King of the Salian Franks

  General Notes:

Basina, daughter of the Thuringian king Basin and Basina, a Saxon princess, was queen of Thuringia in the middle of the fifth century. She left her husband king Bisinus and went to Roman Gaul. She herself took the initiative to ask for the hand of Childeric I, king of the Franks, and married him. For as she herself said, "I want to have the most powerful man in the world, even if I have to cross the ocean for him". This remark of hers may have been related to Childeric's successful invasion of the Roman Empire and his attempt to settle a Frankish kingdom on Roman soil.

Basina's name is probably Low Franconian for 'female boss'. She is the mother of the man who is remembered as the founder of the Frankish realm and modern France. She (not her husband Childeric) named her son Chlodovech, but he is better remembered under his Latinized name Clovis I. The simple fact that Chlodovech's name comes from Basina is remarkable since it was a common practice for the Franks to name a son after a member of the family of the male-line of ancestors. 2730


Basina married Bisinus, King of Thuringia. (Bisinus, King of Thuringia was born before 460 and died between 506 and 510.)


Basina next married Childeric I, King of the Salian Franks, son of Merovech, King of the Salian Franks and Unknown. (Childeric I, King of the Salian Franks was born circa 437 and died in 481.)