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Saint Adela | Saint of the day
Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Adela of Normandy was born circa 1067 and died 8 March 1137. She was a daughter of William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders who later became the Countess of Blois by marriage to Stephen II, Count of Blois. The couple had ten children - five sons and five daughters. Her husband benefited from the increased social status and prestige that came with such a marriage. She brought with her not only her bloodline, but a wedding gift of money and other goods from the prodigious store of Anglo-Norman wealth.

She was regent of Blois during the absence of her spouse who joined the First Crusade in 1096 and second expedition in 1101, and also during the minority of her son from 1102 until 1120. Adela was the mother of Stephen, King of England and Henry of Blois, Bishop of Winchester.  Adela granted monks the right to build new churches, as well as other charters.

Adela also worked with Ivo of Chartres at various points, exchanging letters throughout her regency to discuss matters such as the control of misbehaving nuns and larger issues such as disputes about sworn oaths. While her husband was away, Adela would continue to tour their lands, settling disputes, promoting economic growth, and even commanding knights to go to battle with the king. She motivated her husband to go for the Crusade.

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