Adèle of Pfalzel, {Doubtful}

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Adèle of Pfalzel, {Doubtful}

French: Adèle, {Doubtful}
Also Known As: "Adala"
Birthplace: France
Death: December 24, 735 (98-107)
Occupation: Abbess and saint, Abbess of Pfalzel (Palatiolum) near Trier, Princess, Abbess, Founded Monastary of Palz
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Adèle d'Austrasie, Abbess of Pfalzel. There is some doubt whether she was a historical figure. She is claimed as a daughter of Dagobert I and Nantéchilde. She is frequently confused with the Addula who was mother of Albéric and grandmother of St. Gregory of Utrecht. See "St. Gregory of Utrecht" in Catholic Encyclopedia. She is sometimes claimed as a wife of Eudes, duke of Aquitaine.

Medlands says: The De Rebus Treverensibus sæculi VIII-X Libellus names "Ludewicum et tres filias…Regindrudim, Irminam, Adelam" as the children of King Dagobert and "regina…Nantilde", specifying that Adela founded a monastery "in villa Palciolum…Kal Apr anno 12 regni Theoderici regis" where she became the first abbess[426]. A charter dated 1 Apr 685, classified as spurious in the collection, of "Adela…abbatissa Dagoberti regis quondam filia" purports to record her donation to the monastery "in villa Palatiolo in ripa Mosellæ" and names "germana mea Regentrude"[427]. No reference to the three supposed sisters Regintrudis, Irmina and Adela, or to their supposed parentage, has yet been found in near contemporary sources. There must be some doubt whether they were historical figures or, if they were, that they were the children of King Dagobert & his second wife.

The following extract from an unknown source illustrates the confusion common in accounts of her life. "Adele, Abbess, daughter of Saint Dagobert II, King of the Franks, and the Anglo-Saxon princess Matilda. Sister of Saint Irmina. Grand-daughter of Saint Sigebert, king of Austrasia. Princess. Married to Alberic. Mother of one son. Widowed. Her wealth, position, and beauty brought her many suitors, but she turned them all down and became a nun. Founded the convent of Palatiolum of Pfalsel near Trier Germany in 690, and served as its first abbess. Spiritual student of Saint Boniface."

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