Saint Eadburh, Nun At Nunnaminster

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Also Known As: "Saint Eadburh", "Edburga", "Eadburgha", "Edburh"
Birthplace: Wessex, England (United Kingdom)
Death: June 15, 960 (58-67)
Nunnaminster, Winchester, Hampshire, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: Pershore Abbey, Worcestershire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edward I "the Elder", king of The Anglo-Saxons and Eadgifu
Sister of Eadgifu; Edmund I "the Magnificent", king of The English and Eadred, king of the English
Half sister of Ælfgifu; Eadwin; Æthelflæda, nun at Romsey; Ælfweard, king of the English; Eadgifu and 8 others

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About Saint Eadburh, Nun At Nunnaminster

Saint Eadburh or Edburga (died June 15, 960) was the daughter of King Edward the Elder of England and his third wife, Eadgifu of Kent. There is little contemporary information for her life, but in a Winchester charter dated 939, she appears as the beneficiary of land in Hampshire granted by her brother King Athelstan.[1],%20AngloSaxon%20&%20Danish%...

EADBURGA (-15 Jun 960, bur Nunnaminster Abbey, transferred to Pershore Abbey, Worcestershire).

Roger of Hoveden names her as the daughter of King Edward by "regina Edgiva", although he also attributes the king's son Eadwin and three other daughters to the king's third marriage[1710].

The Book of Hyde names "sanctam Edburgam Deo dictam...[et] Edgivam" as the two daughters of King Eadweard by his second wife "Edgiva", specifying that the former was buried "in monasterio monialium Wyntoniæ"[1711]. A nun at Nunnaminster Abbey, Winchester. She was canonised as St Edburga of Winchester, feast day 15 June[1712].

She was a nun at, and possibly abbess of, the Nunnaminster in Winchester where she was buried. Following her canonisation in 972, some of her remains were translated to Pershore Abbey in Worcestershire, which is dedicated to her. Her feast is celebrated June 15.

In the twelfth century, a Latin Life was written for her by Osbert de Clare, who became prior of Westminster in 1136 (and who also wrote a Life of King Edward the Confessor).[2] Her cult continued to flourish to judge by the Lives written in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.


  1. ^ Sawyer no. 446
  2. ^ Ridyard, S.J. *ed.). In eadem, The Royal Saints of Anglo-Saxon England. 253 ff.


   * Sawyer no. 446
   * Osbert de Clare, Vita Edburgae, MS. Laud Misc. 114, f. 85–120 (Bodleian, Oxford), ed. S.J. Ridyard, The Royal Saints of Anglo-Saxon England. A Study of West Saxon and East Anglian Cults. Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought 4. Cambridge, 2008. 253 ff (Appendix).
   * Anonymous, De vita sanctae Edburgae virginis, preserved in the early fourteenth-century MS Lansdowne 436, f. 41v-43v (British Library, London), ed. Laurel Braswell, "Saint Edburga" (see below). 329-33.
   * Lectiones in Breviary of Hyde Abbey (late 13th century), Rawlinson liturg. E I and Gough liturg. 8 (Bodleian, Oxford)
   * Middle English Life (late 13th century), Egerton 1993, f. 160-1 (BL, London); Eng. Poet. A I f. 32-32v and Bodley 779, f. 282-293v (Bodleian, Oxford), ed. Laurel Braswell, "Saint Edburga" (see below). 329-33.

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Saint Eadburh, Nun At Nunnaminster's Timeline

Wessex, England (United Kingdom)
June 15, 960
Age 63
Nunnaminster, Winchester, Hampshire, England (United Kingdom)
Age 63
Pershore Abbey, Worcestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Nun at Nunnaminster