A Painting in the Hall....
When you enter the Hilltop hall first thing you notice is a painting...its a painting of my ancestors Begga and Ansegisul(Ansegisus).
Begga was a daughter of Pepin of Landen († 639 ) and St. Iduberga († 652). Her sister is the famous St. Gertrude of Nivelles († 659). Begga married Ansegisus, who was a son of St. Arnold of Metz († 641). Their son, Pepin of Herstal († 714), would be the ancestor of the Carolingians, who was in turn the father of Charles Martel († 741).
After the death of her husband Begga dedicated her life and her property in the service of God's control. She made a pilgrimage to Rome. After returning she decided to stay in Andenne on the Maas. On her way she saw a chicken with seven chicks and something in her told that this place was chosen for her convent. The legend also says that she founded seven churches. We may assume that this legend originated from the images in which Begga holds a model of a church with seven towers in her hands. In any case, the monastery existed. Begga was abbess. She died in 692. Her tomb is still there in the Église Sainte-Begghe.
I was always very interested in my family heritage...and now its great to see this woman painted by Rubens!
Art ~Peter Paul Rubens.