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St Werburg

(d. c. 699) abbess


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(d. c.699),

less correctly ‘Werburgh’, abbess. The daughter of a Mercian king, she entered the abbey of Ely, where she became abbess. She was later instigated by King Ethelred to reform the nunneries of his kingdom. In 875 her body was removed to Chester. Feast day, 3 Feb.

Subjects: Christianity.


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