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(date unknown),

virgin. The place of her death was Kingston-by-Thornbury (Glos.), the cause of it, according to Leland, was ‘one Muncius a tiraunt, who cut off hir heade becawse she would not consent to lye withe hym’. After the Norman Conquest her relics were translated to Gloucester Abbey, where her shrine was famous for miracles. She was depicted in the East Window and a statue of her was on the reredos of the Lady altar. Two churches were dedicated to her: at Oldbury-on-Severn and Oldbury-on-the-Hill. Feast (at Gloucester): 20 July.

J. Leland, Itinerary, ii. 60; v. 156;E.B.K. after 1100, ii. 41–2;E. S. Lindley, ‘St Arild of Thornbury’, Trans. Bristol and Glos. Arch. Soc., lxx (1951), 152–3.

Subjects: Christianity.


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