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Etheldritha

(d. c. 835)


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(d. c.835),

recluse. The daughter of Offa, king of Mercia, Etheldritha was sought in marriage by Ethelbert, king of the East Angles. On his death, through her father's treachery, she became a hermit at Croyland c.793. There she remained for the rest of her life and was famous for her prophecies. Her tomb was among those of Croyland saints arranged round that of Guthlac, but her relics were lost in 870 when the Danes destroyed the monastery. Such is the Croyland tradition about her, but it lacks any supporting evidence from elsewhere. Feast at Croyland: 2 August.

AA.SS. Aug. I (1733), 173–5.

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