Top 10 Royal Saints

Top 10 Royal Saints

Many Christians are familiar with such famous
martyred saints as Joan of Arc, but a number of other influential saints are not known
for being martyred. These saints’ claim to fame comes largely
from their positions as king or queens. This list covers the ten most historically
significant monarchs canonized by a Christian church. These men and women accomplished a great deal
for Christianity and the well-fare of their people and, even today, appear on everything
from coins, to being the namesakes of churches, cities, and schools around the world. 10. St. Balthild of Ascania (626 – January 30,
680) Bathild, whose name means “bold sword”
or “bold spear,” was canonized by Pope Nicholas I, around 880. This wife of King Clovis II is known for many
praiseworthy attributes, from her physical beauty to her humble and modest nature. According to the hagiographic accounts of
her life, she was concerned for others to such an extent, that she contributed to charity
and offered donations that helped establish a number of abbeys in her kingdom. What makes her story especially remarkable
is that, earlier in her life, she was sold into slavery prior. King Clovis, however, became smitten with
this household servant and married her, despite her lower place in society. Balthild is admired for not forgetting her
earlier plight, and for doing what she could to help the downtrodden when she was in a
position to do so. She worked to abolish selling Christians as
slaves, and to free children sold into slavery. Given how long it took even modern Enlightened
societies to abolish slavery (Britain in 1833, France in 1848, and the United States of America
in 1865,) her anti-slavery practices nearly 1,500 years ago are all the more remarkable
and commendable. 9. St. Charles I (November 19, 1600 – January
30, 1649) Charles, the controversial King of England
and Ireland, as well as King of the Scots from March 27, 1625 to January 30, 1649, is
noteworthy as the only saint canonized by the Church of England after the Reformation. He is also the only martyr to appear in this
article, due to his less positive claim to fame: being the only king of England publicly
beheaded. Charles is known for reigning in such a way
that he alienated Puritans in his country. He tried to rule without Parliament, raised
taxes through loopholes, attempted to impose a common prayer book on Scotland, and married
a French Catholic. After Scotland invaded England, a civil war
erupted against him, led by the ultimately victorious Oliver Cromwell. Yet, Cromwell’s reign was arguably even
more brutal than Charles’s. Cromwell, who once said of his opponents,
“You have no other way to deal with these men but to break them in pieces,” abolished
the monarchy and Parliament, banned critical newspapers, re-conquered Scotland, subdued
Ireland, suppressed Catholicism, and made himself Lord Protector. After his death, his son became the new Lord
Protector of something that was allegedly not a monarchy. So, the former members of Parliament invited
Charles’s son to come to England as its king in 1660. Cromwell’s body was exhumed, and his head
was cut off and put on public display. Charles I, meanwhile, became regarded as a
martyr, and England has remained a monarchy to this day. 8. St. Edward the Confessor (1003–05 to January
5, 1066) St. Edward, who reigned from June 8, 1042
to January 5, 1066, was one of the last Anglo-Saxon kings of England from the house of Wessex. The year of his death should be recognizable
to most people as the year of the Norman invasion. The pious Edward was the son of Emma of Normandy,
great-aunt of William the Conqueror. His significance for Christian history is
that he was the first Anglo-Saxon, and the only English king to be officially canonized
by the Catholic Church, in 1161. His feast day is October 13, and he is venerated
as a patron saint of difficult marriages. 7. St. Emma Kalanikaumakaamano Kaleleonalani
Na’ea Rooke (January 2, 1836 – April 25, 1885) St. Emma easily wins the contest for most
bodacious saint name of all time, part of which means “flight of the heavenly one.” Well before Hawaii became a U.S. state, it
was an independent monarchy, and Emma served as Queen Consort of Hawaii from June 19, 1856,
to November 30, 1863. During her lifetime, she met with Queen Victoria
of the United Kingdom, who had become godmother to Emma’s son. Emma founded Saint Andrew’s School for Girls
and also The Queen’s Hospital, where she personally visited patients on a regular basis. She played a major role in helping to establish
the Church of England in her island kingdom, was baptized in 1862, and is now honored with
a feast day on November 28 by the Episcopal Church. 6. St. Jadwiga (1373/4 – July 17, 1399) Jadwiga, although a woman, reigned as King,
rather than Queen, of Poland from October 16, 1384 to July 17, 1399. the reason for this is because she was not
merely the wife of a reigning king, but rather royalty in her own right. She is one of Poland’s most important monarchs. She learned at least six languages (Latin,
Bosnian, Hungarian, Serbian, Polish and German,) and was known for her charity. Appropriately enough, Polish-born Pope John
Paul II canonized her in 1997. She is now venerated as the patron saint of
queens, and a united Europe. 5. St. Louis IX (April 25, 1214 – August 25,
1270) Louis IX reigned as King of France from November
8, 1226 to August 25, 1270. A patron of the arts, Louis is unfortunately
best known for his participation in the Crusades. The two Crusades he participated in (the Seventh
in 1248, and the Eighth in 1270) were disasters. During the Seventh Crusade, Muslim forces
captured Louis. During the Eighth Crusade, he died. Yet, despite these failures, back in his kingdom
of France, his country enjoyed the “Golden Century of Saint Louis,” due to its artistic
and architectural achievements as well, as the size of its military. Pope Boniface VIII canonized Louis in 1297,
and Louis became the patron saint of the Third Order of St. Francis, France, the French monarchy,
hairdressers, and lacemakers (that’s quite the mouthful!) 4. St. Clotilde (475–545) Clotilde, in her role as wife of Frankish
king Clovis I, held the title of Queen of All the Franks. It is perhaps fitting then, that both the
wives of Clovis I and Clovis II would become saints. Clotilde is unquestionably one of the most
significant women of the Dark Ages, due in large part to her influence on her more-famous
husband. For one thing, she played a critical role
in her husband’s conversion to Christianity. Her husband had prayed that, if his wife’s
God helped him in battle against the Alamanni, he would be baptized. He did indeed win the decisive Battle of Tolbiac
in 496, and kept his half of the bargain. This conversion had considerable significance,
given France’s long history as a Catholic country for the next 1,500+ years! She is the patron saint of queens, widows,
brides adopted children, parents, the lame, and even those in exile. 3. St. Alfred the Great (849 – October 26,
899) Alfred reigned as King of Wessex, the most
important kingdom in Dark Ages Britain, from April 23, 871 to October 26, 899. During his reign, Alfred was made Roman consul
by Pope Leo IV around 853, made London a metropolis and, according to legend, founded Oxford University
in 882. He also defeated the Great Heathen Army, a
Viking army from Denmark, at the battle of Edington in 878. Alfred ultimately became the first king in
Great Britain to style himself as “King of the Anglo-Saxons.” Some Catholics regard him as a saint, despite
never officially being recognized as such by the Roman Catholic Church. He is, however, venerated by The Anglican
Communion. His feast day is October 26. 2. St. Stephen I (967 /969/975 – August 15,
1038) Stephen I reigned as the first King of Hungary
from 1001 to 1038. If being the first king of a country is not
significant enough in its own right, he also played a major role in spreading Christianity
in the region over which he ruled. Not long after his death, King Stephen became
Saint Stephen, canonized by Pope Gregory VII on August 20, 1083. As such, to Hungarians the world over, he
is one of their most popular saints, with his feast day celebrated as a national holiday. In 1811, renowned composer Ludwig van Beethoven
even composed a commemorative work honoring the great king. 1. St. Charlemagne (c. 742 – January 28, 814) Charlemagne reigned as King of the Franks
from October 9, 768, until his death on January 28, 814. He was also King of the Lombards from July
10, 774 until his death. During his long reign, Charlemagne accomplished
so many significant achievements that he is known as the “Father of Europe.” He restored the Roman Empire in the West when
he became the first “Holy Roman Emperor,” by being crowned by Pope Leo III on Christmas
Day of 800. This title lasted for over a thousand years,
until 1806. He also ushered in the Carolingian Renaissance,
which included the building of his palace in Aachen, and the support of such intellectual
writers as Einhard and Alcuin. He won numerous military victories, and even
nearly married the East Roman Empress Irene. As such, Charlemagne is by far the most influential
king or queen ever canonized as a saint. Yet, in his case, the canonization is not
officially recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. Why not? Well, because the man who canonized Charlemagne
in 1165 was Antipope Paschal III, who reigned in opposition to the legitimate pope, Alexander

65 Replies to “Top 10 Royal Saints”

  1. Just wanted to say I'm a big fan of what you guys and gals do on this and all the other great channels. Thanks and keep it up.

  2. I don’t think these kings were more important than the Emperor Saint Constantine the Great and Emperor Saint Theodosius the Great, both of them Roman emperors. They should have been included here.

  3. Simon I gotta ask is your name a moniker? You know like a stage name or pen name? Don't wanna know real name I'm just curious if that is your real name

  4. Seriously, Catholics don't recognize Charlemagne as a saint? Just because he was canonized by a rival? What are you, FIVE?

  5. I would not consider Joan of Arc a martyr, let alone a saint. She was a nationalist militant fighter who used religion to convince people to fight the English.

  6. Charles I should not be considered a saint or a martyr. He acted as a tyrant. He got executed for political reasons, like Louis XVI a century and a half later and Henry VI two centuries earlier.

  7. Oh! Come on!
    St. Constantine the Great, Emperor of the Romans and his mother Empress Helena who made Christianity an official religion after centuries or persecution.

  8. Technically Catholic. I, though Christian, do not recognize these as Saints. Obviously, I'm not the only one.

    The interchange of Catholic and Christian is mildly offencive and infuriating.

  9. What about Olga the Saint? She was a badass! True she murdered a lot of people and burned a village to the ground, but she taught them a lesson!

  10. I wish y'all would do a whole episode of Saint Damian and Cosmas. They were Saints, twins, physicians and martyrs. They also did a leg transplant less than 300 years after Christ ascended into heaven, and records show the man lived.

  11. Simon mentions that some of these figures, such as Charlemagne, were canonized (at least in part) for spreading Christianity. Not mentioned is that he spread Christianity at the point of a spear and murdered hundreds of people, perhaps thousands, for noncompliance. Perhaps there wasn't time in this video for pragmatism? 🙂

  12. So I guess you’re just gonna ignore eastern royals that are sainted by the eastern Christian church- St. Constantine, St. Justinian, etc. a better title would have been Western/ Latin Royal Saints.

  13. Very informative. SIGH … If only today's politicians ideals were as noble as those that went before, how much of a better place the world would be…

  14. Two of your "ten most significant monarchs canonised" (Emma and Clotilde) were never monarchs, ffs!
    Do a little research before pretending to educate others.
    (Also England had not "remained a monarchy to this day"; how can you not know this?!)

  15. You should check out Isabel of Aragon, queen of Portugal (Rainha Santa Isabel) and the miracle of the roses
    Just an honourable mention haha

  16. I don't follow this type of fantasy, but how can there be 2 p[atron saints of Queens unless maybe one is women and the other a borough of NYC?

  17. King Alfred was the first king of England, not Great Britain, Kenneth MacAlpine was the first king of Scotland and ruled Scotland some 40 years before Alfred ruled England…so you could say the first king of Scots was the first king of Great Britain.

  18. Sounds like someone is sucking up air through a straw near the mic. Please figure out what's causing all these distracting background noises!

  19. The only reason why Alfred become a saint is because he give lands to the church in his territory and in exchange the Church preach to people that Alfred had the divine right to rule. Where you think that the notion of divine right in England come from?

  20. Roman Emperors such as Constantine the Great and other Kings of the Byzantine Empire are missing. The contribution of these is significant considering that they spread Christianity to Ukrainians, Russians Bulgarians and so on. Also, they managed to create a powerful empire at the south east Europe, which was like a wall protecting the west European kingdoms (such as the Holy Roman Empire) from the east threats.

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  22. What about Saint Trivelius – the savior of Europe? Charles Martel stop 25 000 arabs and Tzar Tervel stop the invasion of 200 000 arabian troops.

  23. Clotilda! He makes it sound way worse with his British an accent too: "Clit-til-der" instead of "clit-till-duh"…

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