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St Heimerad of Rome (oil painting).

-also known as Heimrad, Haimrad or Heimo - was born about 970 in Messkiech in Baden and died 1019 near Kassel . He was a German priest and travelling preacher, walking continually between Germany, Italy and Palestine.

He belonged to a special branch of aestheticism which concealed intelligence under the guise of stupidity and was revered as a holy fool whose advice was (eventually) sought by the great, bishops, archbishops and the Empress Kunigunde.

He was expelled from his order in Hersfelt Abbey after a dispute about the order's clothing and was refused acceptance in other monasteries; or, according to Ekkebert of Hersfeld, upon complaining that he had not been treated with sufficient respect due to him by virtue of his noble birth, the Abbot had him whipped and he subsequently declined to make his profession there.

The main source for his life is the biography written by the monk Ekkebert of Hersfeld between 1072 and 1090.

Aribo, Archbishop of Mainz, had a church built over Heimerad's grave on the Hasunger Berg two years after his death, in 1021, which served as the nucleus of Hasungen Abbey, founded later in 1074. Pilgrimages to his grave reached their high point in the second half of the 11th century, when Hasungen ranked as the most visited place of pilgrimage in Germany (next to the grave of Sebaldus in Nuremberg.)