In Heathenry or Asatru, August 9 is generally recognized as a day of Remembrance for King Radbod of Frisia. Koning or Duke Radbod lived from 680-719 succeeding Aldgisl. Radbod was an enemy of Charles Martel and the Franks and was resisting efforts to Christianize his kingdom. However the struggle with the Franks was wearing Radbod down and some believe that Radbod believed if he accepted Christianity some of his problems with the Franks may have been somewhat alleviated; and so he allowed the Christian missionary Wolfran into the kingdom.
Wolfran was attempting to convert Radbod to Christianity and Radbod had agreed to the rite of baptism. The story goes that Radbod had one foot in the baptismal font and he began to have reservations. Wolfran was trying to urge Radbod on when Radbod asked the question, “Where are my dead ancestors at present?” Wolfran replied, “In hell with all other unbelievers.” Radbod angrily replied, “I would rather live there with my honorable ancestors to go to heaven with a parcel of beggars!” Radbod expelled Wolfran and resisted Martel and Christianity the rest of his life. The story of Radbod illustrates the premise that our ancestors and honor are central to the practice of native European religions.
On August 9, let us raise our mead horns and exclaim, “Hail Koning Radbod!”