He was the son of an army officer and was sent to Poitiers, France, to be educated for a military career. His mother, having seen his intense piety and his scholarly leanings, intervened and arranged for him to make his own decision about his career. Aichardus chose the religious life and entered the Benedictine Order at John's Abbey in Ansion, Poitou. He remained as a monk for almost forty years. When a new Benedictine monastery was founded by St. Philibert in Quincay, Aichardus was appointed as prior of the new house. When St. Philibert at Jumieges died, Aichardus succeeded him as abbot of that nine-hundred-member monastery. Aichardus was an example of daily fidelity and scrupulous observance of the monastic rules of his order.
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