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St. Edith of Tamworth
Mid 10th Century

Abbess of Tamworth


Princess Edith the Elder was the eldest daughter of the first marriage of Edward the Elder, King of England. Her mother was Egwena, a beautiful lady whom Edward met at his nurse's house and who was the mother of his successor, Athelstan. In AD 926 Athelstan gave his sister, Edith, in marriage to Sigtric Caech, the Danish King of York, who was tributary to the English Crown. Sigtric died the following year. Edith became a nun at Polesworth, and died in the monastery she built at Tamworth.

She was half-sister of Kings Edmund the Magnificent and Edred, and of SS. Edburga of Winchester and Elflaed the Younger of Romsey. Of her other half-sisters, one married the Holy Roman Emperor, Otto the Great, another was Queen of France, being the wife of Charles the Simple, and the three others, who did not take the veil, made marriages nearly as illustrious.

Edited from Agnes Dunbar's "A Dictionary of Saintly Women" (1904).

 

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