grandparents St Bodo & St Oda

the photo above is of one of the reliquaries for relics of St Oda [Chrodoara] of Amay (c560-c634) , wife of St Bodegesil (c565-c610)

December 18th: traditional annual memorial feast day (festival) of
Saint Bodegesil II Duke of Aquitaine (c565-c610),
(aka Baudgise, Borogiso, Boggis, Bodo, Boso, Bobo)                                                                       

my ancestral grandfather of 46 generations by direct descent

Not many verified particulars are extant concerning Saint Bodegesil and his wife St Chrodoara (Oda) of Amay (c560-c634). What is known is understandably sometimes confused with details of their relatives of almost a century later, Boggis I (607-632) Duke of Aquitaine and his wife St Oda of Amay (628-720). This latter couple are also among my direct ancestral grandparents, through related but divergent lines of descent.

Even aside from the similarity and confusion with the later couple, many details of the life of St Bodegesil and St Chrodoara remain somewhat uncertain. Part of the trouble is that some contemporary records fail to indicate clearly, when ancestry was being listed, whether it is that of Bodegesil or that of his wife. This seems a common problem with other Frankish couples from this time period, leading to continuing efforts to sort out the correct lineages of several rulers, scholars, and saints among the Franks, many of whom are closely interrelated by birth, marriage, and remarriage and in which persons were as likely to be named after their uncles and aunts, as after their parents or grandparents.

One piece of St Bogedesil’s life story that is well attested to is that he was sent as an ambassador from the Frankish court to that of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire in Constantinople, and on his way back to France was assassinated in Carthage, Tunisia. Even the year of his death however, is variously recorded as 583, 588 or 610. Beyond that, many other details of his life are somewhat tangled up with that of the later couple.

St Bodegesil was the second among the early Frankish dukes of Aquitaine to rule under that name. It seems possible that Bodegesil I was the father of Saint Bodegesil’s wife, St Chrodoara, or that it is a dynastic name for an uncle of his who was also Duke.

St Bodegesil’s own parentage has been variously reported. It seems most likely that he was the child of St Gondulfus, Bishop of Tongeren-Maastricht (d c614) and his wife, Palatina of Troyes (b c547). Many contemporary records list St Bodegesil and St Chrodoara as the parents of St Arnoul (Arnulf), Bishop of Metz, the father of St Ansegesil who married St Begga. This seems to be the most likely case.

Following St Bodegesil’s death, his widow St Chrodoare became a nun at the abbey of Amay (Hamaye), which she seems to have founded some years earlier. Although she seems not to have served as actual abbess, her status as the foundress led to her being regarded as a sort of honorary abbess. In 1977, St Chrodoara’s sarcophagus was rediscovered buried in Amay Abbey’s Church of Saint George and Sainte Ode.

the wikepedia entry on St Chrodoara (linked below) contains a photo of the coffin:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrodoara

chrodoara

The article below includes photos of the bejeweled silver and gold caskets for relics of St Chrodoara:

http://www.learn.columbia.edu/treasuresofheaven/relics/Reliquary-from-the-Shrine-of-St-Oda.php

 

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