St. Rupert, Bishop of
and Enlightener of Austria and Bavaria,
and St. Erentrudis, Abbess of the Nonnberg
(Also RUPRECHT and ERENTRAUD; Frankish HRODIBERT
and Latin ERENDRUDA;
English ROBERT and ERENTRUDE)
Possibly descended from the Merovingians and claimed by the Irish as one
of their own, St. Rupert of Salzburg was bishop of Worms when Childeric
III asked that he evangelize Bavaria. Rupert travelled from Ratisbon to
the Danube, where he converted Duke Theodo II. The duke gave him land at
Juvavum, on which Rupert established the abbey of St. Peter and the
Nonnberg convent. Its abbess was his niece, Erendruda. Rupert also
converted pagan temples into Christian churches and established the
salt-mining industry from which the city takes its present name, Salzburg.
When Rupert died c. 710/717, he was buried in St. Peter's abbey. Vergil of
Salzburg later translated his relics to the cathedral in Salzburg.
Karen Rae Keck
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