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In the account of St Amatus of
Remiremont it is related how he brought about the conversion to God of a Merovingian nobleman named
Romaric, who became a monk at Luxeuil; and how they afterwards went together to the estate of
Romaric at Habendum in the Vosges, and established the monastery which was later known as Remiremont
(Romarici Mons). The father of Romaric had lost his life and his lands at the hands of Queen
Brunehilda, and his young son became a homeless wanderer; but at the time of his meeting St Amatus,
Romaric was a person of distinction at the court of Clotaire II, with considerable property and a
number of serfs. These he enfranchised, and it is said that when he was tonsured at Luxeuil several
of these newly freed men presented themselves to the abbot for the same purpose.
Remiremont was founded in 620 and St Amatus was its first abbot, but his duties soon devolved upon
St Romaric, who at the time of his death had governed for thirty years. Among the early recruits was
the friend of Romaric, St Arnulfus of Metz, who about 629 came to end his days in a nearby
hermitage. Shortly before his death St Romaric was disturbed by the news that Grimoald, the son of
another old friend, Bd Pepin of Landen, was plotting to exclude the young prince Dagobert from the
Austrasian throne. The aged abbot made his way to Metz, where he remonstrated with Grimoald and
warned the nobles who supported him. They heard him quietly, treated him with courtesy, and sent him
back to his monastery. Three days later St Romaric died.
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