Lambert of Maastricht

Lambert Of Maastricht

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Saint Lambert (or Landebertus) (c. 636 – c. 700 AD) was the bishop of Maastricht (Tongeren) from about 670 until his death. Lambert was from a noble family of Maastricht, a protégé of his uncle, Bishop Theodard of Maastricht. When Theodard was murdered soon after 669, the councillors of Childeric II made Lambert bishop of Maastricht. Lambert was related to Hugobert and Plectrude, Pepin of Heristal's lawful wife and thus an in-law of hereditary mayors of the palace who controlled the Merovingian kings of Austrasia. After Childeric was murdered in 673, the faction of Ebroin, majordomo of Neustria and the power behind that throne, expelled him from his see, in favor of their candidate, Faramundus. Lambert spent seven years in exile at the recently founded Abbey of Stavelot (674–681). With a change in the turbulent political fortunes of the time, Lambert was returned to his see.

In company with Willibrord, who had come from England in 691, Lambert preached the gospel to the pagans in the lower stretches of the Meuse, in the area that came to be called the Landgraviate of Brabant.<!--CONTRADICTION? The River Meuse and its tributaries never ran through the Landgraviate that was located between Demer and Senne, both tributaries of the Dijle which by the Rupel flows into the River Scheldt - Was that Meuse area perhaps to become the (Prince-)Bishopric of Liège, and/or (parts of the latter and more) much later on the Duchy of Brabant (whic was larger than the landgraviate...
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