Tecla of England

(d. c. 790)

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(d. c.790),

Benedictine nun and abbess. English by birth and a relative of Lioba, Tecla was a nun of Wimborne (Dorset) who was sent by the abbess Tetta to help Boniface in his missionary work in Germany. For a time she was a nun under Lioba at Tauberbischofsheim until becoming abbess of Ochsenfurt and later Kitzingen. The year of her death is unknown, but her cult is testified by liturgical books which assign her feast, with the Roman Martyrology, to 15 October. Dates of 27 or 28 September are also found. Her shrine remained at Kitzingen until her relics and others' were scattered during the Peasants' War of the 16th century.

AA.SS. Oct. VII (1845), 59–64 with Propylaeum, p. 456; W. Levison, England and the Continent in the Eighth Century (1946), p. 77.

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