St. Begga (of Brabant)
- Born: 613
- Marriage: Ansegisel King of the Franks
- Died: 17 Dec 693 aged 80
Another name for Begga was Begue.
Begga (also Begue) (died 17 December 693) was the daughter of Pepin of Landen, mayor of the palace of Austrasia, and his wife Itta. On the death of her husband, she took the veil, founded several churches, and built a convent at Andenne on the Meuse River where she spent the rest of her days as abbess.
Some hold that the beguine movement which came to light in the 12th century was actually founded by St. Begga; and the church in the beguinage of Lier, Belgium, has a statue of St. Begga standing above the inscription: St. Begga, our foundress. The Lier beguinage dates from the 13th century. More than likely, however, is that the beguines derived their name from that of the priest Lambert le Begue, under whose protection the witness and ministry of the Beguines flourished.
Begga married Ansegisel, son of Arnulf, Bishop of Metz, and had three children:
(1) Pepin of Heristal
(2) Martin of Laon
(3) Clotilda of Heristal, who was married to Theuderic III of the Franks
Begga is commemorated as a saint on her feast day, September 6.
Begga married Ansegisel King of the Franks, son of St. Arnolph Bishop of Metz and Oda DE SAVOY. (Ansegisel King of the Franks was born in 607 in Austrasia and died in 685 in Andenne Monastry.)