Given Name: Gondolfus
Prefix: Bishop Of Tongres, Bodegi
Suffix: Bishop Of Tongeren 1 2
Birth: Abt 524 in Aquitaine, France
Death: 599 in Tongres, France
Note: Consecrated, brother of Bodegeisel I
Occurs 599 1
Change Date: 31 Mar 2011 at 16:24
Saint Gondulphus of Maastricht (also Gondolfus, Gundulfus , Gondulf, Gondon) (c. 524 – c. 6 July 607) was the Bisho p of Tongeren and Bishop of Maastricht in the sixth century.
His predecessor, Monulphus (Monulf), transferred the seat o f the bishopric from Tongeren to Maastricht, which thencefo rth was the actual residence of the bishops of Tongeren. Ho wever, the official title of the Bishop of Tongeren, episco pus Tungrorum, was retained until the eleventh century, eve n when the episcopal see had been transferred by Lambert o f Maastricht from Maastricht to Liège.
Bishop Gondulphus is a somewhat enigmatic figure indeed, on e is inclined to question whether he be not identical wit h Monulphus. But the two saints must nevertheless be distin guished. Monulphus must have occupied the See of Tongeren u ntil the end of the sixth or the beginning of the seventh c entury, while a Bishop of Maastricht named Betulphus was pr esent at the Council of Paris in 614. Gondulphus, then, wou ld be inserted between Monulphus and Betulphus, at least i f this Betulphus must not be identified with Gondulphus o n the grounds that the case is analogous to that of the epi scopal list of Mainz, where Bertulfus and Crotoldus must b e reckoned identical. Furthermore, the episcopal lists of t he eleventh and twelfth centuries, whose value is, however , not very great, ignore the historically attested Betulphu s, and make Gondulphus the immediate successor of Monulphus . The biographies of Gondulphus, which are handed down to u s from the Middle Ages, are merely an extract from the Vit a Servatii of the priest Jocundus. They are quite without v alue and are full of legends. If they are to be believed, G ondulphus endeavoured to rebuild the town of Tongeren, whic h had been destroyed by the barbarian invasions. But heave n opposed his scheme, and miraculously manifested its desir e to the saint. Furious wolves fell upon the pagan colonist s of this region, and devoured them before the eyes of th e horrified bishop. Thus has legend quite obscured the auth entic history of St. Gondulphus, the fact of his episcopac y at Maastricht being the only one that is authentic. Accor ding to local tradition he occupied the episcopal see for s even years and died about 607. This last statement does no t tally with his presence at Paris in 614, if he is to be c onsidered identical with the Betulphus who assisted at tha t council. In any case he was buried in the nave of the chu rch of Saint-Servais at Maastricht, which had been magnific ently restored by his predecessor, St. Monulphus.
The bodies of Monulphus and Gondulphus were solemnly exhume d in 1039 by the Bishops Nithard of Liège and Gerard of Flo rennes, Bishop of Cambrai. An epitaph commemorating this ev ent was afterwards misinterpreted, and gave rise to a legen d according to which the two saints arose from their tomb i n 1039 in order to assist at the dedication of the church o f Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle), and at the conclusion of the ce remony returned to their tomb to resume their eternal sleep.
Together with St. Monulphus, St. Gondulphus is secondary pa tron of the city and church of Maastricht. His feast is kep t on 16 July or 17 June. The commemoratio n of the exhumation of 1039 is celebrated in August.
St. Gondulphus is known to have been married to Palatina d e Troyes, they had a son named Baudgise D'Aquitaine II, wh o became Duke of Aquitaine, France.
Father: Munderic Of Vitrey-En-Perthois Franks b: Abt 505 in Cologne, France
Mother: Arthemia Perthois b: Abt 505 in Perthois, Southeast France
Palatina De Troyes b: Abt 547 in Troyes, Aube, Champagne, France
GENOMAP old stuff
- Change Date:
31 Mar 2011
- Bodegeisel De Aquitaine b: Abt 565 in Aquitane, France
- Abbrev: Royalty for Commoners
Title: Royalty for Commoners
Author: Stuart, Roderick W.
Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co.
ABBR Royalty for Commoners
Source Media Type: Book
- Abbrev: Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England between 1623 and 1650
Title: Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New Englan d between 1623 and 1650
Author: Frederick Lewis Weis
Publication: Sixth Edition Genealogical Publishing, Inc. 1988 ISBN 0-806 3-1207-6
- Abbrev: Webster, Robert Edward
Title: "Families of Webster, Bachman, Van Valkenburg,~," supplie d by Webster, 23-8-2009.
Author: compiled by Robert Webster [(E-ADDRESS) FOR PRIVATE USE\,]