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Saint Begga

Saint Begga[1]

Female - 693

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  • Name Begga  
    Title Saint 
    Gender Female 
    Died 17 Dec 693 
    Buried Saint Begga's Collegiate Church, Andenne, Namur, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11666  Dickinson
    Last Modified 13 May 2014 

    Father Pepin I "the Elder" de Landen, Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia,   d. Abt 640 
    Mother Itta,   b. 592,   d. 652  (Age 60 years) 
    Family ID F3286  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ansegisel de Metz, Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia,   b. Abt 612,   d. Abt 662  (Age ~ 50 years)  [2
    Married Abt 643 
    +1. Pepin II d'Herstal, Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia, Neustria and Burgundy,   b. Abt 645,   d. 16 Dec 714, Jupille-sur-Meuse, Wallonia, Belguim Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)  [Birth]
     2. Chrothechildis,   d. Aft 692  [Birth]
    Last Modified 13 May 2014 
    Family ID F3284  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Saint Begga
    Saint Begga

    How beautiful upon the mountains
    are the feet of him who brings good news,
    who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
    who publishes salvation,
    who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

  • Sources 
    1. [S336463] Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families, Charles Cawley, (Online: The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy at, 20XX),

    2. [S17] Women in Frankish Society: Marriage and the Cloister, 500 to 900, Suzanne Fonay Wemple, (University Station, PA: Penn State University Press), ISBN 978-0-8122-1209-9., 54.
      "When Begga, the daughter of the Austrasian mayor Pepin the Elder (d. 640), married Ansegisel, the son of Arnulf of Metz, the acendancy of the northeastern region over other parts of the kingdom was assured. This matrimonial alliance prepared the way for the replacement of the Merovingian ruling house by the Carolingian dynasty. The circumstances leading to this alliance are well known to historians. Almost as important was the union of Begga's and Ansegisel's son, Pepin the Middle (d. 714), and Plektrud, which has been analyzed by E. Hlawitschka. With the politcally powerful seneschal Hugobert as her father and the heiress Irmina as her mother, Plektrud was a coveted bride. Because she had only sisters and no brothers, she inherited vast domains in the country between the Rhine, the Moselle, and the Meuse, and these became the basis for her husban's political maneuvers. Her two sons futher enhanced Pepin's power by marrying women with political connections in the north and northwest. Drogo took as his wife Anstrud, the widow of Neustrian mayor of the palace; Grimoald married Theudesind, the daughter of the Frisian Chieftain. It was through the help of Drogo's mother-in-law Ansfled (Anseflidis) that Pepin was able to secure his hold over Neustria."