Adalgis of Novara, St.

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Bishop; d. c. 850. According to a constant tradition, Adalgis (or Adelgis) was of Lombard origin and possibly belonged to the same family as desiderius, the last Lombard king. Though nothing is known of his early life, it is likely that Adalgis was a canon of the church of San Gaudenzio in Novara. It is not clear whether his nomination to the episcopacy (c. 830) was because of his merits or his family connections. He seems to have been a man of considerable importance, for his name is found on many documents during the years 835 to 848. He was buried in the church of San Gaudenzio, which he had endowed a short while before; his remains were transferred to the cathedral c. 1590.

Feast: Oct 7.

Bibliography: Acta Sanctorum Oct. 3:945947. v. g. gremigni and a. cardinali, Bibliotheca sanctorum (Rome 1961) 1:194196.

[j. e. lynch]