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Rupert of Bingen
German saint

Rupert of Bingen

Rupert of Bingen
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Intro German saint
Is Saint
From Germany
Field Religion
Gender male
Birth 1 January 712
Death 732
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Saint Rupert of Bingen (German : Rupert von Bingen) (712–732) was the son of Bertha of Bingen, a Christian noblewoman. His father was a pagan called Robold. After the latter's death, the child was raised as a Christian by his mother. Bertha and Rupert share a feast day on May 15.

Rupert undertook a pilgrimage to Rome aged 15, and is regarded as patron saint of pilgrims. After his return, he used his inherited wealth to found churches, living with his mother on a hill at the Nahe River, near Bingen. Rupert died from a fever, aged 20.

Saint Hildegard of Bingen, who lived 400 years later, held great veneration for Rupert. She compiled a Vita Sancti Ruperti and founded her own monastery of Rupertsberg at the site of Rupert's burial.

During the Thirty Years' War, Rupert's relics were transferred to Eibingen, and his arm is still on display in a reliquary in Eibingen church.


  • Anne H. King-Lenzmeier: Hildegard of Bingen: An Integrated Vision. Liturgical Press, Colledgeville 2001, ISBN 0-8146-5842-3, S. 122.
  • Werner Lauter: Rupert von Bingen. In: Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL). Band 8, Bautz, Herzberg 1994, ISBN 3-88309-053-0, Sp. 1018–1021.
  • Ernst Probst: Hildegard von Bingen - Die deutsche Prophetin. GRIN, München/Ravensburg 2010, ISBN 3-640-68859-7, S. 19, 20 & 52.
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