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Eadgyth of Aylesbury

Eadgyth of Aylesbury, Eadridus
Born England
Died unknown
Venerated in Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism
Major shrine Aylesbury (?)

Eadgyth of Aylesbury also known as Eadridus was a Dark Ages Catholic saint[1] from Anglo-Saxon England.[2][3]

She is known to history mainly through the hagiography of the Secgan Manuscript,[4] but also the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle[5] She is sometimes associated with St Osyth.[6][7]

A Saint Edith is also mentioned in Conchubran's Life of Saint Modwenna, a female hermit who supposedly lived near Burton-on-Trent. The text, written in the early 11th century, mentions a sister of King Alfred by the name of Ite, a nun who served as the Kings tutor and had a maidservant called Osid. Although an Irish nun called St Ita was active in the 7th century, Ite's name has been interpreted as "almost certainly a garbling of Edith"[8] and that of Osid a rendering of Osgyth.[9]

See also


  1. ^ Oxford Dictionary of Saints,
  2. ^ Yorke, Barbara (2003). Nunneries and the Anglo-Saxon Royal Houses. London. p. 22
  3. ^ Thacker, Alan (2001). "Dynastic monasteries and family cults: Edward the Elder's sainted kindred". In N. J. Higham and D. H. Hill. Edward the Elder 899–924. London: Routledge. p. 257. ISBN 0-415-21497-1
  4. ^ Stowe MS 944, British Library
  5. ^ Anglo-Saxon Chronicle manuscript C (1046).
  6. ^ Hohler, C. (1966). "St Osyth of Aylesbury". Records of Buckinghamshire 18.1: 61–72.
  7. ^ Hagerty, R. P. (1987). "The Buckinghamshire Saints Reconsidered 2: St Osyth and St Edith of Aylesbury". Records of Buckinghamshire 29: 125–32
  8. ^ Thacker, Alan (2001). "Dynastic monasteries and family cults: Edward the Elder's sainted kindred". In N. J. Higham and D. H. Hill. Edward the Elder 899–924. (Routledge, 2001). p257.
  9. ^ Robert Bartlett, Geoffrey of Burton. Life and miracles of Modwenna (Clarendon, 2002) pp. xviii-xix.

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