Born around 519, Radegonde was the daughter of the King of Thuringia (now part of Germany). Following an internecine power struggle, she was taken prisoner by one of Clovis’s sons, Clotaire 1st, who was to become King of the Franks and her husband several years later. After she became Queen, Radegonde led a charitable and pious life administering to the poor. Following the death of her brother at the hands of her own husband Clotaire, Radegonde fled the court. Made Deaconess by Saint Médard, she then sought refuge in the Poitou region, firstly in Saix on land that she herself owned. But Clotaire, who had at first accepted the Queen’s calling, changed his mind: he sent troops to bring her back to the court. Whilst she was being pursued, Radegonde came across a peasant sowing oats in his field and she asked him if he would hide her. She hid amongst his companions in the field where, by Divine Providence, the oats grew extremely rapidly. When the King’s troops drew near to the peasant, they asked him whether he had seen the fugitives. He replied that he had indeed seen them pass by when he was sowing his oats. So, understanding that the Queen was too far ahead of them, the soldiers gave up their attempt to pursue her. Afterwards, Radegonde founded the monastery of Notre-Dame in Poitiers, which later became the monastery of Sainte-Croix; she died there on 13 August 587.
Although several communes lay claim to the “miracle of the oats”, it is the chapel in La Rigaudière, on the boundary between the communes of Verrières and Bouresse, which keeps alive the memory of the miracle and the alleged flight of the famous Poitou Saint, Radegonde….
This circuit is one of 11 circuits known collectively as "Sur les Pas de Radegonde", located in the Bouresse, Lhommaizé, Mazerolles, Verrières and Saint-Laurent-de-Jourdes area.
- Difference in height
- 78.67 m
- 79 meters of difference in height