(d. c. 738)

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(d. c.738),

abbot. English by birth, Wigbert was one of Boniface's many English helpers in the evangelization of Germany. He became abbot of Fritzlar, near Cassel, where his most famous disciple was Sturm, the future abbot of Fulda. He also founded the monastery of Ohrdruf (Thuringia), but he died at Fritzlar. In 774 during the Saxon wars, his relics were translated to Buraburg and then to Hersfeld, whose patron he thus became. Feast: 13 August.

Life by Lupus, Vita Wigberti (ed. C. Holder-Egger), M.G.H., Scriptores, xv. 37–43; W. Levison, England and the Continent in the Eighth Century (1946), pp. 76–9, 235–6; B.L.S., viii. 110.

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