St Adalbald of Ostrevant healing oil (Parents of Large family’s)
St Adalbald who founded a convent at Hamage near Douai. Relationship with Merovingian King Dagobert has proposed to have been through his mother Gerberga, and her putative sister Bertrude. However, Karine Ugé argues that the connection between Adalbald and Erchinoald is a fiction.
One of the leading nobles and claimed lordship of Douai. A disciple of Amand of Maastricht. In 630, Adalbald founded Marchiennes Abbey. During a military expedition in Gascony, he met and married Rictrude of Marchiennes despite the opposition of both families. Although her parents approved, others opposed a marriage to a Frank. Their four children venerated as saints.
The couple opened their castle to the poor and disadvantaged. The hermit-monk Richarius a family friend. Adalbald’s wife made Marchiennes Abbey a double monastery in 643.
Assassinated in obscure circumstances around 652, near Périgueux during a subsequent expedition to Aquitaine, probably by his wife’s relatives still bitter about the marriage to an enemy of her people. Returned to Flanders and buried at Saint-Amand Abbey where venerated as a martyr, as his death had taken place in a region which largely had not yet adopted Christianity. His name, however, is not currently mentioned in the liturgical calendars of Cambrai and Lille.