martyr. Reputedly a relative of Offa, king of Mercia, and of Edmund, king of East Anglia, he became a hermit. But as he had royal blood, he was a possible claimant to the throne of Mercia and was killed by an apostate kinsman Oswy, with the help of some of the same Danish army who slew Edmund. He was buried at Offchurch (Warwickshire); his relics were translated to Dunstable in 1212, where miracles attested his sanctity. Cropredy (Oxon.) also claimed to possess his body. Little reliance can be placed on the details of this traditional account; he may have been a purely fictional character. Feast: 11 May, in three medieval calendars, including Syon Abbey.
N.L.A., i. 450–6; metrical Life ed. Lord Francis Harvey in The Pinchbeck Register, ii (1925), 365–78; William Worcestre, p. 165; Stanton, pp. 207, 645.