About Christina, Nun at Romsey
Cristina, daughter of Edward the Exile and Agatha, was the sister of Edgar Ætheling and Saint Margaret of Scotland, born in the 1040s. Cristina's nieces Edith and Mary were sent to Romsey Abbey, near Southampton, in 1086 when she was abbess.
- Born Hungary
- Died c. 1100; unknown
- House House of Wessex
- Father Edward the Exile
- Mother Agatha
CHRISTINA (fl. 1086), nun of Romsey, was the daughter, apparently the younger one, of the ætheling Eadward, son of Eadmund Ironside and his foreign wife Agatha, the niece of the Emperor Henry II or III. Like her sister Margaret, afterwards queen of the Scots, and her brother Eadgar ætheling, she was born in Hungary, and in 1057 accompanied her parents to England. Soon after their arrival Eadward's death made her an orphan. In 1067 she accompanied her brother and the rest of the family on his flight to Scotland, spent the winter there, and then seems to have shared Eadgar's perilous and adventurous life until, in 1070, William's complete conquest of the north and the retirement of the Danish fleet deprived him of all hope, and Malcolm's invading army offered an opportunity of shelter and final return to Scotland (Anglo-Sax. Chron, s. a. 1067 and 1068, Symeon of Durham, s. a. 1070). How long Christina remained in Scotland at her brother-in-law's court is unknown.
Christina was the sister of Prince Edgar and a Nun At Romsey.
Cristina, daughter of Edward the Exile and Agatha, was the sister of Edgar Ætheling and Saint Margaret of Scotland, born in the 1040s.
She came to the Kingdom of England with her family in 1057, from Hungary. Along with her siblings, she went into exile in the Kingdom of Scotland, at the court of Máel Coluim III, her future brother-in-law.
At some time before 1086, she returned to England, and entered the nunnery at Romsey, where she tutored her nieces Edith and Mary. According to Edith, in testimony given to a conclave of bishops summoned by Archbishop Anselm of Canterbury to determine whether Edith could lawfully marry Henry I of England, Cristina attempted to force her to become a nun, but Edith refused.
Cristina's land-holdings in Warwickshire and Gloucestershire are recorded in the Domesday Book. The date of her death is not known, but she does not appear to have given evidence to the conclave, suggesting she died some time before 1100.
Dunlop, Eileen, Queen Margaret of Scotland. National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, 2005. ISBN 1-901663-92-2
Henson, Donald, The English Elite in 1066. Anglo-Saxon Books, Hockwold-cum-Wilton, 2001. ISBN 1-898281-26-2
Christina, Nun at Romsey's Timeline
(?) Rékavár- Mecseknádasd, Baranya, Magyarország, Hungary
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Mid Lothian, Scotland