Amalberga of Maubeuge

Saint Amalberga of Maubeuge (also Amalia, or Amelia of Lobbes or Binche) was a Merovingian nun and saint who lived in the 7th century.

Saint Amalberga of Maubeuge
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Born7th Century
Brabant, Belgium
Diedc. 690
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Major shrineBinche, Belgium
Feast10 July[1]
Attributesholding an open book and with a crown on her head
Patronagearm pain, bruises, and fever


Amalberga's father was Saint Geremarus.[2] She was born in Brabant. She is said to have been the niece of Pippin of Landen and married Count Witger, Duke of Lorraine.[1] In her biography she is presented as the mother of five saints: Emebert, Reineldis, Pharaildis, Ermelindis and Gudula.

Sometime after the birth of their youngest child, Gudula, Witger decided to become a Benedictine in Lobbes; Amalberga joined the Benedictine nuns of Maubeuge.[3][4]

Her feast is celebrated on July 10. The translation of her relics from Lobbes to Binche in the 15th century is celebrated on June 10.

Amalberga of Maubeuge is not to be confused with the virgin Amalberga of Temse (venerated in Ghent, Temse and Munsterbilzen) who died in 772, and whose feast day is July 10 or October 27.


The biography of Amalberga of Maubeuge (s:la:Vita S. Amalbergae viduae) is probably written by Abbott Hugo of Lobbes (1033–1063) between 1033 and 1048. Apart from a few Merovingian details, her genealogy was copied from another 11th-century hagiography, namely the Martyr story of Catherine of Alexandria. The biographical profile of her legendary husband, duke Witger of Lotharingia, is based on an historical figure from the 10th century, Wigeric of Lotharingia. It is largely considered legendary and unreliable.[5]


  1. ^ a b "St. Amalberga", Catholic News Agency
  2. ^ St. Augustine's Abbey, Ramsgate (1921), The Book of saints : a dictionary of servants of God canonized by the Catholic Church, London: A. & C. Black, ltd., p. 122, retrieved 2021-07-26
  3. ^ Mihram, Danielle. "Saint Amalberga of Maubeuge", USC Illuminated Manuscripts
  4. ^ Akker, A. van der. "Amalberga",
  5. ^ Borrelli, Antonio. "Sant' Amalberga di Maubeuge", Santi e Beati, November 20, 2002