World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


Article Id: WHEBN0008595009
Reproduction Date:

Title: Irmina  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Roman villa, Willibrord
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia


Saints Adela & Irmina
Born Unknown
Died 735 and 716
Feast December 24
Controversy Alberic, son of Adela

Saint Adela (? - 735) and Saint Irmina (? - c. 716) were two princesses, the daughters of Saint Dagobert II.


Dagobert acceded to the throne of Austrasia at the age of seven, upon the death of Sigebert III, but was quickly deposed. Dagobert fled to Ireland and returned to Metz in 673 and claimed the throne. During exile, he married an Anglo-Saxon princess named Matilda and had five children, with saints Adela and Irmina among them.[1]


Both women were engaged to marriage to noblemen, but both became widows.

Irmina was widowed before her marriage, and she founded a Benedictine convent at Horren in Trier. When a plague threatened her community, she gained the help of Willibrord. When the pestilence passed by the convent, she gave Willibrord the lands for his abbey in Echternach.

Adela was married and had a child by her husband, Alberic. Alberic died within a few years of the marriage. Despite multiple marriage offers, she chose to take up holy orders as well. She founded the convent of Palatiolum in lands that were then undeveloped outside of Trier. The site later developed into the town of Pfalzel. She was the first abbess of this convent and died on December 24, 735.

The feast day for both convented sisters is December 24.


  • Englebert, Omer. The Lives of the Saints. Christopher and Anne Fremantle, trans. New York: Barns & Noble, 1998. Nihil obstat 1951.
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.