[St. Pachomius Library]

St. Sexburgha

VII Century
The older sister of St. Etheldreda, Sexburgha (d. c. 699) established the female monastery at Minster-en-Sheppey, whose community she joined after the death of her husband, King Erconbert of Kent. in 664. Her daughter Erengilda was the abbess of Sheppey, and Bede notes that her other daughter Ermengota had visions. Sexburgha succeeded her sister as abbess of Ely in 679 and oversaw the translation of Etheldreda' s incorrupt relics to the cathedral at Ely.

Karen Rae Keck


Return to St Pachomius Library.