|St. Begga DE LANDEN, Abbess of Andenne
St. Begga DE LANDEN, Abbess of Andenne
- Born: Landen, Liege, Belgium
- Married: Between 643 and 644
- Died: 17 Dec 698, Ardenne, France
Compiler's 37/38/39/40/41/42/43/44/45/46 x great grandmother
The Annales Xantenses name "Begga" as the second daughter of Pépin and record her marriage with "Anchisus dux egregius filius Arnulfi epicopi Mettensium". Her position in this source as junior to her sister Gertrudis may be due to the latter’s standing as a religious figure. 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”. Sigebert's late 11th century Chronica records in 649 that "Ansigisus filius sancti Arnulfi" had married “Begga soror Grimoaldi”. Settipani highlights that other events in the same paragraph of Sigebert can be dated to [643/44], but also that Werner has dated the marriage to [630/40] (Settipani adds “sans bonne raison à notre sens”). Both estimates appear to be little more than guesswork. Sigeberto's Vita Landiberto episcopi Traiectensis names "Pippinus…principes Francorum…sanctæ Beggæ matris eius".
The Vita Beggæ (dated to [1080/90]) records that Begga retired to “monasterio germanæ suæ Gertrudis”. This event can be dated to [689/97] if it is correct, as reported by Ghesquière, that a biography of St Gertrude records that Begga retired to her monastery 33 years after her sister died (her death is recorded variously between [656/64]).
The Annales Xantenses record the death in 698 of "Sancta Begga mater Pippini ducis". The Annales Laubienses record the death in 709 of “Begga sanctæ Gertrudis germana”. 1
Begga married Ansegisel (Anchises) MEROVING, Mayor of the Palace in Austrasia, son of Arnoul MEROVING, Bishop of Metz, and Doda, between 643 and 644. (Ansegisel (Anchises) MEROVING was born about 612 in Austrasia, France and died about 662.)
Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands, Begga.