Layout – Itta of Metz

For this layout, I wanted something soft and feminine, but not girlish (or garish!) So I created a blue paper with a very subtle floral pattern with some textures blended through and overlaid it with a flower element from a kit called Day After Day (details below) and turned the transparency to 80% so it almost became a part of the paper, rather than be a stand alone element.


Products Used

Papers I created myself
Floral branch by Laitha’s Designs (Day After Day kit)
Frame by Regina Falango (Last Roses kit)
Fonts are Louvaine, Orator Standard, C-721 Script

While I could find a decent amount of information on Itta, information on her ancestors was scant so I chose to display their names and include what little information I could find on them on this page.

Her story is also intermingled with her daughter – Gertrude – but Gertrude was so interesting I chose to do a separate page for her (which I’ll show you soon.)

This is what the text says:

When her husband, Pepin of Landen, died in 640, Itta founded a Benedictine nunnery at Nivelles in Belgium on the advice of the living saint, Saint Amandus.

Years before, Pepin had asked his daughter, Gertrude, if she’d like to be married to a rich and powerful duke. She replied that she would neither marry him nor any other man and that Jesus Christ alone would be her bridegroom.

Now that Pepin, their protector, had died, Itta was haunted by the thought of her daughter being kidnapped and forcibly married, so she took a knife and cut Gertrude’s hair, shaving her hair close to the scalp in the shape of a crown. Gertrude was said to rejoice in being able to wear a crown on earth for her Lord’s sake. She took it as a sign that she would wear an immortal crown in heaven.

As soon as the nunnery was completed, Itta appointed Gertrude as abbess (or mother superior). Itta spent the rest of her life at the nunnery and she was canonised after her death in 652. Her feast day is May 8th.

Itta’s father, Arnoald was the Bishop of Metz from 609 until his death in 611. Her grandfather was Ansbertus, a Frankish-Austrasian noble and Gallo-Roman senator, as was his father, Ferreolus of Rodez, and grandfather, Tonantius Ferreolus (the younger).

The older Tonantius Ferreolus was Praefecti Praetorio Galliarum – political leader of Gaul, a province of the Roman Empire. Tonantius was instrumental in organizing Gaul to defeat Attila the Hun and his army at the Battle of Catalaunian Plains. Although Attila and his army were eventually beaten, the Hun army successfully looted and pillaged much of Gaul and crippled the Roman military.

The Battle of Catalaunian Plains became famous almost immediately after it was over, not only for its sheer size (at least 100,000 soldiers with a large but unspecified death toll) but also because it was the first time Attila’s “aura of invincibility” was broken.


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