Saint Sigrada

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Saint Sigrada
Bornkingdom of Burgundy
Diedc. 679 AD
Soissons, Neustria
Venerated inEastern Orthodox Church
Roman Catholic Church
FeastAugust 8 (Roman Catholicism,[1] Eastern Orthodoxy;[2] August 4 (France)[3]: 73 

Sigrada of Alsace (French: Sigrade d'Alsace; died c. 679 AD) was a Franco-Burgundian countess and mother of Ss. Warin,[4][5] and Leodegar,[6] and grandmother of St. Leudwinus.[7]


Hagiographies tend not to mention where she was born, but given that she is popularly known as Sigrada of Alsace, she was probably Alsatian.[8] She was from the Syagrii family of Gallo-Roman Patricians. Her brother was Bishop Dido (also called Desiderius) of Poitiers. She married Count Bodilon of Poitiers [it] and gave birth to Warin and Leodegar in Autun, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy. Through Warin, who inherited the County of Poitiers, she became the ancestor of the Franco-Lombard dynasty of the Widonids (also called the Lambertiners).

She sent Warin to be educated at the court of Chlothar II,[9] while she arranged for Leodegar to be educated under her brother Dido's tutelage.[4] Leodegar quickly rose to prominence as an archdeacon and priest-monk responsible for a major Benedictine reform. He caught the attention of the nobility and became embroiled in the complex politics of Merovingian partition. His political stances were used as a pretext by his rival Ebroin to begin persecuting him and his family, including Sigrada.[9][5] She was shut up in the monastery of Notre-Dame de Soissons by Ebroin.[2] She had all her property taken away and received a letter describing all the tortures her sons were subjected to.[2] She died shortly after both her sons were martyred.


  1. ^ "St Sigrada - Feast Day: August 8 - Saint of the Day". 2020-08-24. Retrieved 2021-02-24.
  2. ^ a b c "St. Sigrada of France", Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
  3. ^ Cristiani, Léon. "Liste chronologique des saints de France, des origines à l'avènement des carolingiens (essai critique)." Revue d'histoire de l'Église de France 31.118 (1945): 5-96.
  4. ^ a b Butler, Rev. Alban. "The Lives of the Saints, Volume X: October". St. Leodegarius, or Leger, Bishop and Martyr. Retrieved June 28, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Saints & Angels: St. Warinus". Catholic Online. Retrieved June 28, 2012.
  6. ^ Margaret R Bunson, Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson (2003). Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia Of Saints - Revised. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing. p. 1008. ISBN 1-931709-75-0.
  7. ^ Weiner, Dr. Andreas. "Holy Lutwinus Pray for Us! (Heiliger Lutwinus bitte für uns!)". Retrieved June 28, 2012.
  8. ^ Cilleruelo, Álvaro Cancela. "An emendation to the Renotatio Isidori (CPL 1206°, BHL 4483)." Wiener Studien (2018): 217-227.
  9. ^ a b Watkins, Basil, ed. (2002). Book of Saints (Reference) (7th ed.). A&C Black. pp. 655. ISBN 0713653000.

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