Edburga of Winchester (Eadburn of Winchester)

(d. 960)

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(d. 960).

She was a daughter of Edward the Elder, king of Wessex (900–25), and his third wife Eadgifu. She was educated in the abbey of St Mary at Winchester (also called Nunnaminster), founded by her father. She remained there as a nun, distinguished for gentleness and humility, but never became abbess. She died young, aged forty or less. There was a considerable cult both before and after the Norman Conquest in the monasteries of Winchester and Wessex and in those founded by Ethelwold. Pershore abbey, refounded c.972, obtained some relics and was dedicated to SS. Mary, Peter and Paul, and Edburga. Hence a cult at Westminster also. Feast: 15 June; translation feast (at Winchester): 18 July.

G.R., i. 268–9; G.P., pp. 174, 298; unpublished Life by Osbert of Clare in MS. Laud Misc. 114, fos. 85–120 in Bodleian Library, Oxford;E. W. Williamson, The Letters of Osbert of Clare (1929), p. 26; E.B.K. after 1100, ii. 60.

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