There's not much to say about Bertheid, but as I trolled the hagiographic interwebs for content, I learned that she was the sister of a bishop. Her brother established a school where the daughters of nobles could live under religious law without needing to take the veil. Such young women are called Canonesses, as they are living under Canon Law.
|That's Bishop Hermann to you, pal!|
Not very remarkable yet, right? Fair enough, but consider that her brother's name was Bishop Hermann of Münster. If you didn't chuckle at the thought of Fred Gwynne stomping around a sound stage with a mitre and a crosier, you didn't watch enough sitcoms from the 1960s.
But wait, there's more. I turned to my good friends at Den Katolske Kirke to get more info on Blessed Bertheid and her munstrous brother, and then to Google Translate to see what learn what the Kirke had told me. Regarding Herman's provisions for his sister, I was told, "He founded the parish Liebfrauenpfarrei (church called the Church of Our Lady or Überwasserkirche) and connected to a monastery for canoe goblins ("korfruer"), which he gave to her." Ah, that makes it all clear, huh?
|Is that Blessed Bertheid on the left or the right?|
A little more digging revealed that Kanonwisser were Canonesses, not Canoe Goblins.
Bertheid died in 1042 and probably deserves a better memorial than this. For better or worse, this is what she's got.