Itta

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For the series of treaties called ITTA see International Tropical Timber Agreement.

Saint Itta (or Itta of Metz) (also Ida, Itte or Iduberga) (592–652) was the wife of Pepin of Landen, mayor of the palace of Austrasia. She later founded the abbey of Nivelles.

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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. Her brother was Saint Modoald, bishop of Trier and her sister was Abbess Saint Severa.

After Pepin's death in 693 Itta, on the advice of the Bishop of Maastricht Saint Amand, founded the Benedictine double monastery at Nivelles. She appointed her daughter Gertrude as its first abbess, while she herself lived there as a nun, assisting the young abbess by her advice.[1]

She had by Pepin another daughter, Abbess Begga of Andenne who married Ansegisel, son of Arnulf of Metz. By Begga, she is the grandmother of Pepin of Herstal and one of the matriarchs of the great Carolingian family. Her sons were Grimoald, later mayor of the palace, and father of King Childebert the Adopted.

Her second son Bavo (or Allowin), became a hermit and was later canonized. Both her daughters were later canonised, as was she. Her feast day is May 8.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ott, Michael. "St. Gertrude of Nivelles." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 6. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909. 26 December 2015

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