Born a princess, the daughter of King> Robert the Pious of France. Sister of Henry I. Married to Count Baldwin IV of Flanders. Mother of Baldwin VI. Mother-in-law of William the Conqueror. Widowed in 1036. Benedictine nun, receiving the veil from Pope Alexander II. She retired to a quiet, prayerful life at Messines convent near Ypres, Belgium.
- Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
- Catholic Online
- Dictionary of Saintly Women
- Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints
- “Saint Adela of Messines“. Saints.SQPN.com. 8 September 2013. Web. 30 July 2014. <>