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.
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