Adeloga

Adeloga saint, virgin, and abbess of the 8th century, was the daughter of Charles Martel, by Kunehilda. She was of singular beauty, so that she was greatly sought in marriage, but she constantly refused, having given her heart to a heavenly spouse. Her father, exasperated, treated her with studied brutality and public insult. She sought comfort in the advice of her director, his chaplain, and they were both expelled from the palace. Adeloga and the priest journeyed till they came to a wild and desert place, Kitzingen, in the present margrave of Anspach, and there they built a convent. To her came virgins, the priest gave her the veil, made her abbess, enjoining her to adopt the rule of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica. He attended to the temporal affairs of the convent till he died. In after-years Charles Martel was reconciled to his daughter, endowed her monastery with lands, and visited her. St. Adeloga has a place in the Benedictine martyrology, and those of Ferrarius, Menardus, etc. There is an ancient, apparently authentic, life, by an anonymous writer, published by Bollandus. See Baring-Gould, Lives of the Saints, February 4, 2, 42.

 
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