|Itta (Itaberga) DE METZ fondatrice Nivelles
Itta (Itaberga) DE METZ fondatrice Nivelles
- Born: Between 592 and 593, Austrasia, France
- Died: 657, Klooster Nivelles
The Annales Metenses name "matertera ipsius [Pippini]…virgo Domino consecrate Geretrudis" and record that she founded the monastery "in loco…Nivella cum genitrice sua Itaberga". The Annales Xantenses record that "Itta relicta Pippini" founded the abbey of Nivelles in 650. The Vita Beggæ (dated to [1080/90]) names “duarum filiarum...unam...Beggam, alteram...Gertrudem” as the children of “Dux Pipinus Regni Francorum” and his wife “Yduberga”. The Annales Xantenses record the death in 657 of "Beata Itta mater sancte Gerthrudis".
Her brother was Saint Modoald, bishop of Trier. Her sister was Abbess Saint Severa. There is no direct record of their parents, but it has been suggested that she was a daughter of Arnoald, Bishop of Metz, son of Ansbertus.
On the advice of the missionary Bishop of Maastricht Saint Amand, after Pepin's death, she founded the Benedictine nunnery at Nivelles, with a monastery under the abbess. She herself entered it and installed as abbess her daughter Gertrude, perhaps after resigning the post herself. 1 2
Itta married Pépin (Pippin) I "le Vieux" DE LANDEN Mayor of Austrasia, son of Carloman DE LANDEN Mayor of Austrasia and Gertrude AGILOLFINGES of Bavaria. (Pépin (Pippin) I "le Vieux" DE LANDEN Mayor of Austrasia was born in Landen, Belgium and died on 21 Feb 639-640.)
Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/FRANKSMaiordomi.htm#_ftnref21.
Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itta. citing Alban Butler's Lives of the saints, edited, revised and supplemented by Thurston and Attwater. Christian Classics, Westminster, Maryland; Les ancêtres de Charlemagne, 1989, Christian Settipani.