Rodolf, Abbot of Cysoing and St. Vaast

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Also Known As: "Rudolf"
Death: May 01, 892 (46-52)
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Son of St. Eberhard, margrave & duke of Friuli and Giséle of Cysoing
Brother of Eberhard; Engeltrude “Ingeltrudis”; Unrouch III, margrave of Friuli; Berengar I, emperor of the Romans; Adelhard von Burc, abbé de Cysoing and 5 others
Half brother of Guido Di Friuli

Occupation: Abt
Managed by: Scott David Hibbard
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About Rodolf, Abbot of Cysoing and St. Vaast

4. RUDOLF (-1 May 892). The Historia Ecclesiæ Cisoniensis records the testament of “Evrardus comes cum coniuge mea Gisla”, which bequeathes property “Vitrei…Mesrucha…in Cisonio…et…in Sceleburd…quod Matridus…habuit” to “quartus Rodulfus”[273]. The Chronicle of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines names "abbas Rodulfus" as son of "marchionis Evrardi"[274]. "Gisle" granted "le fisc de Somain en Ostrevant" to "filii…Adelarde" by charter dated 14 Apr 869, which names "rex Karolus meus…germanus…senioris mei dulcis memorie Evrardi…tres infantes meos Rodulfum…et Berengarium…et…Adelarde"[275]. "Gisle" donated property to Cysoing for the anniversaries of "Ludovico imperatore patre meo et…Judith imperatrice matre mea et…rege Karolo…germano et…prole mea…Hengeltrude, Hunroc, Berengario, Adelardo, Rodulpho, Hellwich, Gilla, Judith" by charter dated to [874][276]. Comte. He was invested as lay Abbot of Cysoing and St Vaast at Arras by Carloman King of the West Franks in 883 and charged with the defence of the counties of Artois and Ternois. After his death, his lands were seized by Baudouin II Count of Flanders[277]. The Annales Vedastini record the death "Non Ian 892" of "Rodulfus abba", that "castellani Egfridum comitem" was sent to announce the news to the king, and that in his absence "Balduinum a Flandris…per consilium Evreberti qui nimis fuerat versutissimus" seized the abbacy against the wishes of the king who had promised it to Egfrid[278].

In the late ninth century, Sithiu entered a new phase in its development as magnates vied for control of it and vikings attacked the region. In 878, a canon of Sithiu named Fulk was elected abbot but left when he was appointed archbishop of Reims. His successor, Rodulfus, simultaneously held the abbacies of Sithiu 882-92 and Saint-Vaast 883-92. He was a member of the Unroching family, a group of imperial elites with honores (offices) across the Carolingian empire.

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