St. Edith of Polesworth
(Died AD 871)
Abbess of Polesworth
Died: 15th March AD 871
St. Edith of Polesworth was the daughter of King
Egbert of England: sister of King
Aethelwulf and aunt of Alfred
the Great. Polesworth was one of two towns or estates granted by
Aethelwulf to St.
Modwenna on which to build monasteries. Edith became the first abbess
there and St. Atea was one of the nuns under her care.
She should not be confused with St.
Edith of Tamworth who was also a nun of Polesworth in the
Edited from Agnes Dunbar's "A Dictionary
of Saintly Women" (1904).
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