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Adalbald of Ostrevand, St.


Nobleman; d. near Perigueux in Aquitaine, c. 650. Information about Adalbald of Ostrevand is mainly derived from the ninth-century Life of St. Rictrude by Hucbald of Saint-Amand (Acta Sanctorum May 3:8189). It relates that Adalbald was the grandson of St. Gertrude of Hamage, and the husband of St. Rictrude, by whom he had four children. He was the brother-in-law of St. Bertha, and friend of St. Amandus, the Apostle of Belgium, with whom he founded the abbey of Marchiennes in Flanders. He had been very active in the court of Dagobert I. Vindictive in-laws assassinated him.

Feast: Feb. 2.

Bibliography: l. van der essen, Étude saints merovingiens (Louvain 1907). j. l. baudot and l. chaussin, Vies des saints et des bienhereux selon l'ordre du calendrier avec l'historique des fêtes (Paris 193556) 2:4446. a. butler, The Lives of the Saints (New York 1956) 1:236.

[b. l. marthaler]

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