Austrudis (or Anstrudis)

Austrudis (or Anstrudis)

saint and virgin, abbess of Laon, was the daughter of Blandinus Boson and Salabarna, his wife. She was born in the diocese of Tout about 634, and took the veil when twelve years of age in a monastery of the city of Laon, of which her mother was abbess. Upon the death of the latter, she, although so young, was unanimously elected to succeed her in the government of the house, which was a. double monastery of monks and nuns, the latter amounting to more than three hundred. She acquitted herself of her charge with wonderful piety. and fidelity, but she did not escape the calumnies and injustice of the world. 'She was accused' of a state crime, and suffered much from the rapacity of the bishop of the diocese, Maugerius, who wished to take possession of her abbey. She died in 688 or 707. See Baillet, Oct. 17. Ausweikis was a god of the ancient Prussians. He was their Aesculapius gave health, and helped the sick and feeble.

 
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