Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Ansbert, Archbishop of Rouen in 695, Confessor


He had been chancellor to King Clotair III in which station he had united the mortification and recollection of a monk with the duties of wedlock, and of a statesman. Quitting the court, he put on the monastic habit at Fontenelle under Saint Wandregisile, and when that holy founder’s immediate successor Saint Lantbert was made bishop of Lyons, Ansbert was appointed abbot of that famous monastery. He was confessor to King Theodoric III and with his consent was chosen archbishop of Rouen, upon the death of Saint Owen in 683. By his care, good order, learning, and piety flourished in his diocess; nevertheless Pepin, mayor of the palace, banished him, upon a false accusation, to the monastery of Aumont, upon the Sambre in Hainault, where he died in the year 698.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Ansbert, Archbishop of Rouen in 695, Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 February 2013. Web. 17 January 2019. <>