|Saint Aldegonde, O.S.B.|
|Virgin and abbess|
Guînes, County of Hainaut
Abbey of Maubeuge,
County of Hainaut
|Roman Catholic Church
|Major shrine||Abbey of Maubeuge,
Maubeuge, Nord, France
|Patronage||Breast cancer, wounds|
Saint Aldegonde (or Adelgonde) (Latin: Aldegundis or Adelgundis) (ca. 639–684) was a Frankish Benedictine abbess who is honored as a saint by the Catholic Church in France. She was closely related to the Merovingian royal family. Her parents, afterwards honored as St. Walbert, Count of Guînes, and St. Bertilla de Mareuil, lived in the County of Hainaut. She is the most famous of what Aline Hornaday calls the "Maubeuge Cycle" of Merovingian saints.
Aldegundis was urged to marry, but she chose the life of the cloister. Having allegedly walked across the waters of the Sambre, she had built on its banks a small hospital at Malbode, which later became, under the name Maubeuge Abbey, a famous monastery. Initially a double monastery, it later developed into one solely of nuns. She bore with fortitude the breast cancer that eventually killed her. Saint Aldegundis' Catholic liturgical feast is kept on January 30.
- Aline Hornaday, "Toward a Prosopography of the "Maubeuge Cycle" Saints", Prosopon Newsletter, 1996 on-line text.
- Butler's Lives of the Saints, 1864.
- article in Archéologie (March 2003), n° 398, p. 7
- Saint of the Day, January 30: Aldegundis of Maubeuge SaintPatrickDC.org. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
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- Aldegundis at Catholic Encyclopedia online
- Saint of the Day, January 30: Aldegundis of Maubeuge at SaintPatrickDC.org