St Frideswide

(c. 680—727)

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(d. traditionally 735, but 727 according to the oldest source),

patron saint of the city and university of Oxford. According to a 12th-cent. Life, she was the daughter of Didanus, ‘King of Oxford’, and became abbess of a convent founded by her father in Oxford. A monastery bearing her name existed in Oxford in 1002; her shrine became a place of pilgrimage. The monastery was suppressed by T. Wolsey in 1525, but the church became the cathedral of the new diocese of Oxford in 1546. Feast day, 19 Oct.

Subjects: Christianity.

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