Edburga “Abbess of Winchester” Of Winchester

Birth
England
Death unknown
Winchester, City of Winchester, Hampshire, England
Burial Body donated to medical science, Specifically: Split up into reliquaries in various locations.
Memorial ID 179725726 · View Source
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Died 960. Saint Edburga was a granddaughter of King Alfred and the daughter of Edward the Elder. It is reported that, while she was still a young child, her royal father offered her precious jewels in one hand and a penitential habit in the other. Edburga chose the latter joyfully. At that her parents placed her in Saint Mary's Convent, which was founded by Alfred's widow, Alswide, at Winchester, finished by her own father, and placed under the direction of Saint Etheldreda. Having finished her education, Edburga became a nun and later the abbess of the foundation. After Edburga died of a fever, Bishop Saint Ethelwold placed her remains in a rich shrine, which Abbess Saint Elfleda covered with gold and silver. When the Earl Egilwald of Dorsetshire sought relics for his newly rebuilt foundation of Pershore in Worcestershire after its pillage by the Danes, the abbess give him part of Edburga's skull, some of her ribs, and other bones, which were enclosed in a rich case. She was especially venerated at Pershore in Worcestershire, where these relics were enshrined and many miracles have taken place, and at Saint Mary's in Winchester


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  • Created by: Brett Williams
  • Added: 26 May 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 179725726
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edburga “Abbess of Winchester” Of Winchester (unknown–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 179725726, ; Maintained by Brett Williams (contributor 47234529) Body donated to medical science, who reports a Split up into reliquaries in various locations..