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Pega

(d. c. 719)


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(d. c.719),

virgin, sister of Guthlac. She lived as an anchoress at Peakirk (i.e. ‘Pega's church’) in Northamptonshire, not far from Guthlac's hermitage at Crowland. When he realized that his end was near (714), he invited her to his funeral. For this she sailed down the Welland, curing a blind man from Wisbech on the way. She inherited Guthlac's psalter and scourge, both of which, it was claimed, she later gave to Crowland. She went on pilgrimage to Rome and died there c.719. Ordericus Vitalis claimed that her relics survived in an unnamed Roman church in his day, and that miracles took place there. Feast: 8 January.

AA.SS. Ian. I (1643), 532–3; B. Colgrave, The Life of St Guthlac by Felix (1956); G. F. Warner, The Guthlac Roll (Roxburghe Club, 1928); E. Clive Rouse, ‘Wall paintings in the church of St Pega, Peakirk, Northamptonshire’, Archaeol. Jnl., cx (1953), 135–49.

Subjects: Christianity.


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