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Rictrude (Rictrudis, Richtrudis, Richrudis) (c.614-688) was abbess of Marchiennes Abbey, in Flanders. The main early source for her life is the Vita Rictrudis of Hucbald, commissioned by the abbey, and written in 907 by Hucbald.[1].

She was from a noble family in Gascony. She married Adalbald, later murdered. In Hucbald's account, this is shown deliberately as a model marriage[2].

Four of her five children were Clotsindis, her daughter and successor as abbess[3], Adalsindis[4], Eusebia and Maurantius.[5]

She is a Catholic saint, feast day 12 May. All four children are also saints.


  • Jo Ann McNamara, John E. Halborg, E. Gordon Whatley (1992), Sainted Women of the Dark Ages, pp.195–219


  1. Karine Ugé, The Legend of Saint Rictrude, pp. 283-4, in John Gillingham, Anglo-Norman Studies 23: Proceedings of the Battle Conference 2000 (2001)
  2. Philip Lyndon Reynolds, Marriage in the Western Church (2001), p. 411.
  3. Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson, Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints (2003), p. 214.
  4. Bunson and Bunson, p. 34.

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