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Ermelinde, St.


Belgian recluse; d. Oct. 29 c. 595. She belonged to a rich family in Brabant; her traditional connections with the Carolingian family of Pepin I derive from a unreliable 11th-century vita. According to this legend Ermelinde cut her hair and fled from home to avoid a marriage arranged by her parents. She took up a life of mortification and asceticism in a hermitage, first at Beauvechain and then at Meldaert, near Tirlemont, Belgium. It was later alleged that she founded a monastery at Chaumont near Meldaert. After her death at the age of 48, she was buried at Meldaert, where a chapel was later built in her honor.

Feast: Oct. 29.

Bibliography: Bibliotheca hagiographica latina antiquae ct mediae aetatis (Brussels 18981901) 1:260507. Acta Sanctorum Oct. 12:843872. s. balau, Les Sources de l'histoire de Liège au moyen âge: Étude critique (Brussels 1903). l. van der essen, Étude critique des saints mérovingiens de l'ancienne Belgique (Louvain 1907) 307309. É. de moreau, Histoire de l'Église en Belgique (2d ed. Brussels 1945) 1:196; 2:253, 286; 3:569. j. l. baudot and l. chaussin, Vies des saints et des bienheueux selon l'ordre du calendrier avec l'historique des fêtes (Paris 193556) 10:976977.

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