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Feastday: July 21
Death: 678

Archbishop and friend of King Dagobert II of the Frankish realm of Austrasia. Arbogast, originally called Arascach, was born in Aquitaine, France, and lived as a hermit in the German forest. He then moved to Alsace, becoming a friend of Dagobert II, who had been protected by the High King of Ireland and now occupied the throne of his former enemy, Childeric II. He appointed Arbogast archbishop of Strasbourg. Arbogast is reported as having raised up the son of the king after the child was killed in an accident. When Arbogast was dying in 678, he requested burial in the cemetery used for criminals. His grave was so popular that a church was erected on the site.


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