Virgin, monastic foundress (known also as Hunégonde); b. Lemblais (Picardy, France), first half of seventh century; d. Homblières, c. 690. She was compelled by her parents to marry, but simultaneously took a vow of virginity and promised to enter a convent. She persuaded her bridegroom to accompany her on a pilgrimage to Rome and there vowed perpetual virginity before the Pope St. vitalian and asked him for the veil. On her return to France she founded the monastery of Homblières near Saint-Quentin. She was widely venerated in the West Frankish kingdom as early as the ninth century.
Feast: Aug. 25.
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