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(7th century).

She was the youngest and least famous of the three daughters of Merewald, king of Mercia, and Ermenburga, princess of Kent; her sisters were Mildred and Milburga. According to one tradition she became a nun in Northumbria and was buried there; the Thanet tradition, however, made her a nun of Eastry, and the successor of Mildred, abbess of that monastery, and claimed that both of them were buried there. When the Danes destroyed Thanet, the bones of both of them were hidden at Lyming until Lanfranc translated them to his hospital of St Gregory, Canterbury, in 1085. This tradition is represented by C.S.P., a 13th-century saints' list. Feast: 17 January.

C.S.P.; Stanton, pp. 24, 623.

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