Saint Ida of Herzfeld

[Saint Ida of Herzfeld]
Memorial

Profile

Great-granddaughter of Charlemagne, and grew up in his court. Married to Lord Egbert by arrangement of the emperor. Mother of one son, Warin, who became a monk at Corvey. Widowed very young in 811, she spent the rest of her life single, working for the poor. Reported to have filled a stone coffin with food each day, then gave it to the poor; not only did she help the needy, the coffin reminded her of her responsibilities in this life. Founded the church at Hofstadt, Westphalia, and convent of Herzfeld.

Died

Canonized

Patronage

Representation

  • filling a tomb with food for the poor
  • carrying a church to indicate having built one
  • with a dove hovering over her head

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Ida of Herzfeld“. Saints.SQPN.com. 7 September 2013. Web. 14 July 2014. <>