(fl. c. 690—728) supposed abbess of Wimborne

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(d. c.725), first abbess of Wimborne. She was the sister of Ine, king of Wessex (688–726), and was married to Aldfrith, king of Northumbria (685–704), who was famous for his learning and favour to the Church. But after a few years Cuthburga was separated from him and became a nun at Barking under Hildelith. Soon after 705 with her sister Quenburga she founded the double monastery at Wimborne. Like others of its kind at this time it was predominantly a nunnery, and enclosure was rigorously observed: even prelates were forbidden to enter the nuns' quarters and Cuthburga communicated with them through a little hatch. These details are gleaned from the Life of Lioba, abbess of Bischofsheim, who was formed in the monastic life by Cuthburga. The hagiographers describe her as austere to herself but kindly to others and assiduous in prayer and fasting. Feast: 31 August.

From The Oxford Dictionary of Saints in Oxford Reference.

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