NameDoda (Ste-Begga)
Birthabt 613
Death17 Dec 693, Ardenne
FatherPepin I (~585-639)
MotherItta de Nivelles (592-652)
Misc. Notes
Pepin of Landen, mayor of the palace to three Frankish kings, and himself
commonly called Blessed, was married to a saint, Bd Itta or Ida, and two
of their three children figure in the Roman Martyrology: St. Gertrude of
Nivelles and her elder sister, St. Begga. Gertrude refused
to marry and was an abbess soon after she was twenty, but Begga
married Ansegisilus, son of St. Arnulf of Metz, and spent practically the
whole of her long life as a nobleman's wife "in the world". Of this union
was born Pepin of Herstal, the founder of the Carlovingian dynasty in
France. After the death of her husband, St. Begga in 691 built at Andenne
on the Meuse seven chapels representing the Seven Churches of Rome,
around a central church, and in connection therewith she established a
convent and colonized it with nuns from her long-dead sister's abbey at
Nivelles. It afterwards became a house of canonesses and the Lateran
canons regular commemorate St. Begga as belonging to their order. She
is also venerated by the Beguines of Belgium as their patroness, but the
common statement that she founded them is a mistake due to the
similarity of the names. St. Begga died abbess of Andenne
and was buried there.

References: [RFC],[AR7]
Birth602, Austrasia, France
Death685, Andene Monastery
BurialAndene Monastery
FatherSaint Arnulf of France (582-640)
MotherDoda of Saxony (~584-~612)
ChildrenPepin I (635-714)
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