Born in Maestricht, St. Lambert served there as bishop and was buried there after his death in the tiny settlement of Liège, in an area he had converted to Christianity. According to the Golden Legend he had denounced the French ruler Pepin for keeping a mistress and was assassinated by members of the mistress's family. To house the saint's remains, his successor built a basilica in Liège, which became the focal point for the settlement's growth into a major urban center.
The narrative images below left capture the moment when the assassins rushed in on Lambert and his people while they were at prayer.
The saint is often shown with just his episcopal mitre and crozier, but when an attribute is added it will be a sword, as in the first image at right.
Prepared in 2014 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University